Jeremy Pettitt on Communication and Culture

Understanding Stories

Posted on February 14, 2021

Every story has at least three necessary ingredients:

1. A Setting: Where does the story take place?

2. A Conflict: What is the story about?

3. A Resolution: How does the story end?

Two Types of Resolution
(from Aristotle’s Poetics)

1. Tragedy

Tragic Story Arcs start fine, get better, fall apart and end down.

Classic Example: Romeo & Juliet

Tragic stories arouse our sense of justice and compassion.

2. Comedy

Comic Story Arcs start fine, fall apart, ascend through struggle and end well.

Classic Example: The Princess Bride

Comic stories encourage us to persevere toward victory in spite of difficult challenges.

To learn more about Story Arcs, check out this article:

Six Variations of these Two Story Arcs (as Identified by Artificial Intelligence)

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