Dramatica Definition: Subjective Story Issue

Subjective Story Issue • [Variation] • The central thematic topic of the Subjective Story • Each of the four Domains (Objective Story, Main Character, Obstacle Character, and Subjective Story) has its own theme. This occurs because each Domain is really just a different point of view examining the same central inequity at the heart of the story as a whole. Each Domain, then, sees the troubles in a different light and is therefore drawn to a different standard of values by which to measure it. The thematic Issue in each Domain is that standard. The Subjective Story Issue is the most contentious of the four. This is because the Subjective Story itself is the most incendiary of the Domains, representing the clash of two diametrically opposed belief systems. So, the thematic Issue of the Subjective Story pertains to the Main and Obstacle Characters and everything that happens between them. An author will use the Subjective Story Issue to draw philosophic value judgments about the central subject matter of the story’s passionate argument. The audience will get a sense of what the heart of the story is all about, effectively, what the moralistic message is.

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