Greetings Dramatica Users! ((First, I need to mention that I am not a native English speaker, so there may be errors in the text).
I’m thinking about how to determine Thoughlines on a type of story sometimes found in literary fiction: a story where the Main Character returns to his hometown where he has to confront memories about his past, usually painful and perhaps about an event in particular more painful (and significant) that forced the Main Character to change in a significant way. The goal of this kind of story is to reevaluate these events to understand or make sense of what happened, and maybe have a insight of the meaning of life…
My difficulty is as follows (considering the following example):
When the Main Character learns he is terminally ill, he decides to return to his hometown. While wandering around the city, visiting old relatives and friends, the character remembers important events from his old life there, until he was taken to confront the memories of some painful event - perhaps it was this event that led the character to give up his dreams and move to another city. This event may be linked to a person - a lost love, a family member who committed suicide, parents who broke up with their son after a serious family crisis, etc. Being someone important, I thought, in principle, that this character from the past would be a good candidate for Impact Character. But in this case, it would be a character that is no longer present, except in the Main Character’s memories. And even though it was someone who is still alive in the present story, the impact on the main character was during these past events.
The question then is: how to work with an Impact Character in this context? To be more specific (how to define Impact Character Throughline and MC/IC Throughline?)
I know I could take a simpler route, for example, making the Impact Character someone from the present (a current friend, or an old acquaintance, or even an enemy) who helps (or forces) the main character to deal with their painful memories. But what if I wanted to choose to define the impact character as the person responsible for this significant past event and count the MC/IC relationship as the relationship they had in the past?
I would be grateful for any ideas or insights on the issue