Shruti Gupta

Stories are famously structured in the format of three acts with exceptions.

Act I: We start with being introduced to the protagonist, who’s journey we will follow. We are also presented with the conflict which the s/hero has to overcome. Here, as a reader, we often find ourselves making our way through the story through the eyes of the leading character.

Act II: In this phase of the story, the characters undergo trials and tribulations to form a certain stance in the face of adversity. As a reader, this is the part where our empathy for the characters are challenged and our thoughts about the situation are laid straight.

Act III: This is where the story resolves the primary conflict in narration bringing it to a satisfying close. This is where we as a reader are given that assurance of normality even when abnormal situations arise.

Guidance or counselling by themselves can often add horse blindness to your already diminishing perspective.Being told to behave a certain way could restrict your mind set in to believing that anything apart from terms not accepted; that the way you are,is not okay. In moments like these, where your own point of view seems solitary, finding a person or their state of affairs so similar to yours could empower you and allow you to accept your own self as it is not so solitary anymore.

Learning through a story, that there are others beside you who go through a variety of afflictions and thus derive the power to overcome them, even if you are required to call for help, is a virtue that storytelling has held since eons. In the words of Lena Waithe,

“I’m writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves.”