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Georges Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations

There is a limit to human emotions and the number of story types that can illuminate them and our needs. If you’re not sure Polti can help, let me polish the final bit of brass by pointing out the book is beyond copyright and can be freely downloaded at Archive. Each situation is stated, then followed by the necessary elements for each situation and a brief description. Disaster,” nach, subclass “A Fatherland Destroyed”. These immortal words were uttered by Georges Polti who concluded there were only 36 basic stories after studying numerous Greek, Latin and French works.

I thought there’d be more about those situations. He also analyzed a handful of non-French authors. In his introduction, Polti claims to be continuing the work of Carlo Gozziwho also identified 36 situations. We feel the tension these stories evoke. These are primal stories where we are separated from our loved ones.


These stories dfamatic our powerlessness against certain forces, the frailty and temporary nature of lives and our mortality. These films mirror our lives to varying degrees and help us deal with tension and conflict.

Schiller took great pains to find more, but he was unable to find even so many as Gozzi” Goethe. Aug 01, Jinny Chung rated it it was amazing.

The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations – Wikipedia

The Seeker looks for and finds the One Found. These are stories of reflection and guilt. Want to Read saving…. Consider the backlash of certain groups at the prospect of same sex marriage. The Guilty One brings shame on their kin by a dishonorable act.

The thirty-six dramatic situations

Typically an heir to the throne must undertake a perilous journey to obtain something. Two relatives compete over an Object, often another person who shows more favor to the Preferred Kinsman and shows less favor to the Rejected Kinsman. Two relatives hate one another and act accordingly. The Ambitious person Covets a Thing, however that ambition is guarded against by an Adversary.

Adultery turns to violence as an Adulterer seeks to remove the Drakatic or turns on the other Adulterer. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Lists of situations, with subsets and titles of examples. And is there one of the situations that hardly anyone has made work?


A ferocious and deliberate dissection of the heart it seems, this Seventh Situation, — that of pessimism par excellence. The afflicted may seek revenge or walk away a stronger person.

Please help and share: Obstacles can be inter-racial, inter-culture, inter-religion or inter-class to name a few These moral dilemmas relate to values, upbringing and belief systems. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations. Apart from the exhilaration of giving us a sense of control as the audience solves problems of life, we also need a sense of completion and closure.

And storytelling will continue along the same path. I didn’t expect the text to be largely comprised of lists of literary works that use the 36 situations.

We realize we must deal with our past actions which are incongruous with our values and in terms seek forgiveness and closure.