Category Archives: Character Elements

Character Elements of the Objective Throughline

Elements are the most refined resolution of the problem in a story. Beneath each Variation are four Elements that make up the parts of that Variation and are also defined by its umbrella. One of the four elements under the … Continue reading

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The Crucial Element

The point at which the Objective Story and the Main Character hinge is appropriately called the Crucial Element. In fact, the Crucial Element is one of the sixty-four Objective Character Elements we have already explored (in the Dramatica Theory Book). … Continue reading

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Archetypal Methodologies

Shifting our attention to the Methodology Set, a very useful thing becomes evident. Because the Methodology Elements are also arranged in Dynamic Pairs, we can simply duplicate the Archetypal pattern from the Motivation Set and the Archetypal Characters will cover … Continue reading

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Character Element Pairs

In each quad of four Elements, the items that are diagonal from one another hold the greatest potential for conflict because they are exact opposites. For example, Pursuit is the opposite of Avoid. As a result, when we place the … Continue reading

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Archetypal Character Dimensions

A good way to get a feel for the content of and relationships between character dimensions is through the Archetypal Characters. Beginning with the Motivation Set, when we superimpose the Archetypal Characters onto the character Elements, an “archetypal pattern” appears … Continue reading

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Character Elements

The Sixty-Four Element Question   Each of the character dimensions contains sixteen Elements, as we have already seen with Motivations. Each character dimension is referred to as a Set of Elements. All four Sets come together to create what is … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Elements in the movie “Jaws”

Character motivation elements as they appear in the motion picture, “Jaws”: Clearly, the Driver Character characteristics in Jaws are as simple as those in Star Wars. In fact, they are identical in terms of which characteristics are combined into a … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Elements in Wizard Of Oz

Character Motivation Elements in The Wizard of Oz In looking at these patterns, the Passenger Characters in The Wizard of Oz seem very much like the Passenger Characters in Star Wars, with that one notable exception of the “flipping” of … Continue reading

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Character Motivation Elements in Star Wars

To enhance our “feel” for the relationships among character motivation elements, let’s add the names of the Characters in Star Wars to Quads of the elements. Star Wars The amazingly pure Archetypal Characters of Star Wars translate into a completely … Continue reading

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Grouping Character Elements in “Quads”

A good way to organize character elements is to separate the Action Elements from the Decision Elements. With 16 characteristics, we can create four quads of four characteristics each. This grows from having a Driver Character Quad and a Passenger … Continue reading

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