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Discovery of the dishonor of a loved one
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The Guilty One brings shame on their kin by a dishonorable act. They are discovered by the Dishonorer.
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 families.
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.