Narrative in Numbers

February 21, 2011 at 9:24 am | Posted in research | Leave a comment

Im sorry I can’t stop haha.  You guys…EVERYTHING just keeps synthesizing in my head!!! 🙂 lol

I went on Blackboard to post the picture I took of our class map and I suddenly noticed this under lecture notes regarding narrative strategies:

Mathematical Patterns


This equation represents the “satisfying” or “happy-ending.”

At least three-fourths of all modern, commercial short stories and large percentage of longer stories, are written on this pattern.


This equation represents the “unresolved” or “fitting punishment ending.

A much smaller percentage of “literary” stories follow this pattern.

“1” represents basic emotions:

love, hate, fear, anger, courage, security, greed, piety, pride, honor, generosity, miserliness, honesty, good, evil, friendship, ambition, desire, patriotism, etc.

or conditioned emotions: parental love, sacred love, profane love, etc. (ETC. for all basic emotions.)

To make a strong story, you need a strong conflict between two emotions. You can match two simple emotions, two conditioned emotions, or a simple emotion and a conditioned one. Though the + or – signs in the mathematical pattern might be read as “versus” the “plus” and “minus” concepts reflect the nature of the problems and conflict, and forecast the outcome.


You can simply say that anywhere character and plot meet in action there is conflict.

DUALITY!!! Two wholes come together and react to one another or not, based on their individuated natures! I think its really interesting finding different parts of life interpreted into the system of numbers, whole and parts 🙂  This is why the Greeks thought math was the highest pursuit, and Plato thought the world of “perfect forms” was the reality we are trying to know.


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