A guy tries to commit suicide by jumping down a well. Now he's stuck in the well, but alive. If he gets out of the well by the end of the movie, he'll still be suicidal. Is the throughline in Situation or something else?
I don't think the throughline domain simply equates to a more general version of the MC's problem, and it's really the domain that I'm asking about.
It's not a fairy tale well he was born in, or in an alternate reality where people like to live in wells. It's a well. He fell into it and is now stuck.
This was pretty much one of the examples I gave. I suspect Jim's point is that the domain is not the source of the problem but the nature of the inequity – the thing that unbalances the preceding normal state of affairs. So whether the guy can't get out of the well because the walls are slick or because he's too scared to try or because he doesn't believe in wells, he's still stuck in a well and that's within the domain of Situation. I could be completely, utterly wrong about this, which is why my question is: "If the MC throughline is about a guy stuck in a well, does that mean – in all cases – that the MC throughline is in Situation."
The problem I'm trying to address is literally the one I keep stating: is a guy being stuck in a well (not a metaphorical well, not an imaginary well, just a well) by definition in Situation.
All I'm trying to do is get a direct answer to that question. Jim has given a direct answer to the question, but now the follow-ups from others contradict it, so that's what I'm trying to get at. If, you never, ever address that contradiction but instead keep framing it as me needing to expand my mind, we're really never going to get anywhere. I appreciate that sometimes socratic dialogue can sometimes be an engaging way to illuminate philosophical questions, but this isn't one of those times.
I confess, I have no idea what that means, and I've seen most M. Night Shyamalan films.