I am struggling a bit about defining what really is a throughline’s issue. Initially, I surmised that it is somewhat related to premise, based on the Dramatica book’s introduction of the premise “Greed leads to self destruction” and relating it to the “Self Interest vs. Morality.”
What I gather from here is that an Issue is related to it’s counterpount, and thematic arguments stem from here. Another piece of the Dramatica text mentions that each of the 6 pairs formed in the Issue Variation’s quad has to be explored in order to find meaning.
The confusion however stems from reading about the Issues in Star Wars. In the four throughlines, the 4 different issues seem to be just recurrent motifs. Skill in OS, Fantasy in MC, Ability in RS and Worth in IC. They are simply focuses within that throughline, and not any principal driver like how self interest is in Scrooge’s story.
So, what is going on here? Are issues simply a high resolution of focus for the throughline’s substance, or do they form the basis of many see saws and competing arguments in the story.
Also, if the Issues are a part of arguments within the throughlines, then how are the Skill vs. Experience, Ability versus Desire, Value vs. Worth and Fact vs Fantasy arguments carried out in Star Wars? There seems little conflict across the four dynamic pairs in each throughline.
I am just confused.
Thanks everyone, for your time!