The Guilty One brings shame on their kin by a dishonorable act. They are
discovered by the Dishonorer.
Discovery of a parent's shame
Discovery of a child's dishonor
Discovery of a sibling's shame or dishonor
Discovery of dishonor in the family of one's fiancee
Discovery that one's wife has been violated before marriage
Discovery that one's wife has been violated since the marriage
Discovery that one's spouse has previously committed a fault
Discovery that one's spouse has formerly been a prositute
Discovery of dishonor on the part of a lover
Discovery that one's mistress, formerly a prostitute, has returned to her
Discovery that one's lover is of bad character
Discovery that one's spouse is of bad character
Discovery that one's lover is specifically weakened
Discovery that one's son is an assassin
Duty of punishing a traitorous relative
Duty of punishing a son condemned under a law which the father has made
Duty of punishing a son believed to be guilty
Duty of sacrificing, to fulfil a vow of tyrranicide, a father until then
Duty of punishing a wrongdoing relative
Duty of punishing one's mother to avenge one's father
Honor and duty are close bedfellows and people who uphold them are held in
high esteem within many
societies and bring reflected glory on all who know them, especially their
In the reverse, those who break social rules bring dishonor to their kin.
This can create a significant dilemma for their relatives or friends: should the
guilty party be exposed? Should they be protected? Should they be punished by
the family? In stories of dishonor we often empathize with the family, although
if the guilty party is attractive (for example a young tearaway) we may
associate with them also and perhaps think about our more wicked side.
'Discovery of the dishonor of a loved one' is the 27th of Georges Polti's 36 Dramatic Situations.