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Does emotional flaw get corrected in a down ending?
I have an idea with a down ending. In this case, it seems like my hero(s) - an ensemble - only seem to change for the better, then circumstances reveal that the change wasn't deep enough, (I'm thinking of movies like ONE EIGHT SEVEN and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM). Can that work?

If not, how do I make them "succeed" if it's not an emotionally up ending?
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David Jadunath
Roxanne,

Whether or not the character changes or doesn't change enough,
you would have taken the audience on an emotional journey where
the characters are challenged. Then, such challenges should add up
to a resolution, i.e., the dark moment of the characters' soul searching
and the final choice. The audience would see where the character
may have meant well but still suffered the fate of human fallibility.

Your writer's work is to plan and lay out the emotional record
in rising action. Following the climax, there is denouement --
whether or not the character lives or dies, changes or does
not change.
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247 week(s) ago
Thanks, David.
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