Internal Genre Elements
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Internal Genre Elements
Source: Friedman, Norman. “Forms of the Plot,” The Journal of General Education 8, no. 4 (July 1955): 241-53.
Compiled by Kim Kessler (www.trenchcoach.com) & Leslie Watts (www.writership.com)
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Internal GenreGenreTankRealmValuesSubgenreSpecific Range of ValuesProtagonistCharacterThoughtExternal CircumstanceProtagonist ChangeResulting ActionEndingAudience ExperienceEnding Value at StakeCause and Effect Statements
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Status-PatheticStatusEsteemFortuneSuccess / FailurePatheticSuccess
Compromise
Failure
Selling Out
Sympathetic protagonistWeakToo unsophisticated to see the consequences of their actionsMisfortune without the guidance of an adequate mentorUnable to change in thought or characterFails to rise in social standingNegativePityFailureWhen a sympathetic protagonist, who has weak character and is too unsophisticated to see the consequences of their actions, experiences misfortune without the guidance of an adequate mentor, they will fail to rise in social standing.
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Status-SentimentalSentimentalSympathetic protagonistSteadfastNot sophisticatedChallenge or opportunity and has a supportive mentor of high moral characterDoes not change or changes slightly due to help of their strong mentorAble to rise in social standingPostiveReliefSuccessWhen a sympathetic protagonist, with a steadfast will but naive worldview, encounters a challenge or opportunity and has a supportive mentor of high moral character, he can rise in social standing.
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Status-TragicTragicSympathetic protagonistAmbitiousSophisticated enough to see the consequences of their actionsLacks an adequate mentor and makes a serious mistake in their attempt to riseUnable to change in thought or characterTragic fall in social standing, often deathNegativePity mixed with a sense of justiceFailureWhen a sympathetic protagonist, ambitious and sophisticated enough to see the consequences of their actions, lacks an adequate mentor and makes a serious mistake in their attempt to rise, the result is a tragic fall in social standing, and often death.
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Status-AdmirationAdmirationSympathetic protagonistNobility of character and motiveAble to adapt worldview with new informationMisfortuneDoes not change, maintains their strength of thought/characterRises in social standingPostiveRespect and admirationSuccessWhen a sympathetic protagonist with nobility of character and motive, along with a sophisticated worldview, encounters misfortune they will rise in spite of it.
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Worldview-EducationWorldviewSelf-ActualizationThoughtUnderstanding /
Lack of Understanding
EducationMeaning
Cognitive Dissonance
Meaninglessness
Meaninglessness Masked As Meaning
Sympathetic protagonistIrrelevantNaive or cynicalOpportunity or challenge that enlightens them to a broader understandingChanges their thought for the betterFind meaning in their existing actionsPostiveRelief, satisfaction, and pleasureMeaningWhen a sympathetic protagonist, with a naive or cynical outlook, experiences an opportunity or challenge that enlightens them to a broader understanding, they find new meaning in their existing actions.
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Worldview-DisillusionmentDisillusionmentBlind Belief
Justified Belief
Doubt
Disillusionment
Sympathetic protagonistDeveloped will and positive motivesWholehearted idealistic beliefsExperiences a loss or trial that forces them to realize the darker truthChanges their thought for the worseLose their faith entirelyNegativePityDisillusionmentWhen a sympathetic protagonist, with developed will, positive motives, and wholehearted idealistic beliefs, experiences a loss or trial that forces them to realize the darker truth, they lose their faith entirely.
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Worldview-MaturationMaturationSophistication
Cognitive Dissonance
Naivete
Naivete Masked As Sophistication
Sympathetic protagonistIrrelevantBlack-and-white views of the world and mistakenly conceived goalsLoss or trial that shows the world is multi-layered and imperfectChanges their thought for the betterChooses better-suited goalsPostiveRelief and righteous satisfactionSophisticationWhen a sympathetic protagonist, with naive black-and-white views of the world and mistakenly conceived goals, experiences a loss or trial that shows them the world is multi-layered and imperfect, they embrace better-suited goals and actions.
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Worldview-RevelationRevelationWisdom
Cognitive Dissonance
Ignornance
Ignorance Masked as Knowledge
Unspecified protagonistWell-developed willLacking essential factsDiscovers a shocking truth
about themselves
Changes their thought for the betterMake wise and appropriate decisionsPostive or NegativeShock that gives way to satisfactionWisdomWhen a protagonist, with well-developed will but lacking in essential facts, experiences doubt about their circumstances which leads to a revelation of a shocking truth, they can make wise and appropriate decisions.
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Morality-RedemptionMoralitySelf-TranscendenceCharacterSelfishness / AltruismRedemptionSelf-Sacrifice for All Humanity
Putting Tribe's Needs Ahead of Self
Putting One Person's Needs Ahead of Self
Selfishness
Selfishness Masked As Altruism
Self-obsessed protagonistSelf-focused motivationsSophisticated state of mindSeemingly impossible challengeRediscovers their moral compassMakes selfless choice for others and is rewardedPositiveSatisfactionAltruismWhen an unsympathetic protagonist, with strong will and sophisticated state of mind, experiences a seemingly impossible challenge through which they recover their inner moral compass, they make a selfless choice for others and are rewarded.
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Morality-PunitivePunitiveProtagonistAmbitiousSophisticated state of mindReceives an opportunityBetrays their moral compassVictimizes innocent people and receives due consequencesNegativeSatisfied VindicationSelfishnessWhen a protagonist with ambition and sophistication, takes advantage of an opportunity and betrays their moral compass, they victimize innocent people and receive due consequences.
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Morality-Testing-TriumphTesting-TriumphSympathetic protagonistHighly developed willSophisticated state of mindChallenge and trialMaintains to their moral compassUses their will with selflessness and gains admirationPositiveSatisfactionAltruismWhen a protagonist of highly developed will and sophistication experiences a challenge and trial but maintains their inner moral compass and strength of will, they make a selfless choice and earn respect and admiration.
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Morality-Testing-SurrenderTesting-SurrenderFormerly sympathetic protagonistHighly developed willSophisticated state of mindReceives an opportunityIgnores and abandons their moral compassUses their will for selfishness and loses admirationNegativePity or ContemptSelfishnessWhen a protagonist of highly developed will and sophistication experiences an opportunity and ignores their inner moral code, they may be rewarded externally but will suffer internally.
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