Catharsis is an overpouring by emotions, a condition ususally built up to by preceeding events and statements. In literature, in true Shakespearean manner, it usually accompanied by a soliloquy or a monologue. The objective is to make the audience feel the same way the character undergoing catharsis feels, sometimes give an insight into his thoughts. Othello, Hamlet and Faustus have all have broken down and given you an insight into their heart, into the tragedy that is theirs to live and yours to observe.
I am yet to come across a situation wherein, a character makes you feel just as bad or just as emotional, even though the detailing has been done in third person. There is no soliloquy, no self loathing, no “Woe is me?”
I wrote a story in one straight sitting and the feedback I got from Crudo (who refuses to blog because it just isn’t him) was that…that one cant really empathise with the situation of the lead character – there seems no real cause for catharsis, no apparent reason for him to bang his head against the wall. Now to put a soliloquay in a childrens story with little dialogue, and just fear, would seem completely out of place. But then, kid’s, not unlike humans, do react in irrational ways, don’t they? How do I do it?