Domains and Beyond

As we have seen, each of these sixteen perspectives has a slightly different flavor as a result of the particular point of view linked with a specific Class. This alone is a more quantitative way to look at Theme than has previously been available, yet we still have three more levels of the thematic structure to explore! Each level will have its own kind of perspectives. For convenience, we call the thematic perspectives created at any level appreciations, which simply means that is how we appreciate a problem at that level from that point of view.

Due to practical constraints on the size of this book, we won't be able to go into as much detail for appreciations at the Type, Variation, and Element levels as we might like. What we can do is provide a general description of the appreciations found in each throughline. Once one gets a feel for how a throughline changes the meaning of a structural item in general, one can apply that understanding to any item in the structure and arrive at an accurate dramatic appreciation.

To recap, the Main Character Domain represents the audience point of view in a story. The Obstacle Character Domain is the opposing point of view the audience is asked to consider. The Subjective Story Domain contains the passionate argument between those two points of view. The Objective Story Domain is the realm of the practical argument about the relative value of all approaches that might be taken in regard to the story's central problem including those of the Main and Obstacle Characters.

So, a Main Character Throughline explores what it looks like and feels like to have a particular kind of problem (often seen as drive). The Obstacle Character Throughline explores what kind of impact someone with that kind of problem (or drive) has on the people and events around him. The Subjective Story Throughline determines which is the better position to be in personally between Main and Obstacle, according to the author. The Objective Story Throughline determines which is the better position to be in for the benefit of everyone else.

Keeping these points of view in mind, let's see what other appreciations are created at the Type, Variation, and Element levels.

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