There is a YouTube channel called 6-Act Structure, which I will be citing as a reference, run by an Marshall Dotson who wrote The Story Structure Secret: Actions and Goals. The author argues in favor of the 6-Act structure. I found his explanations on how stories fit into the 6-Act structure confusing, and I don't understand why the Act-5 (resolution) and Act-6 (new world) of the 6-Act structure are not the same act as it is in the more traditional 5-Act structure.
I have the following questions:
- What is the protagonist's goal in each act of the 6-Act structure and in each act of the 5-Act structure?
- What is the protagonist's goal in the 6th act in the 6-Act structure?
- How does the 6-Act structure justify the need to divide the 5th act of the more common 5-Act structure into the 5th and 6th acts? I feel that there is no goal for the protagonist in the 6th Act of the 6-Act structure. I think the story had already ended in the 5th act, but I want to understand the usefulness of the 6-Act structure.
- What is the definition of an act in the 5-Act structure proposed by John Yorke in his book Into the Woods?
- What is the definition of an act in the 6-Act structure?
Please use the following videos as the movie references for the 6-Act structure because Dotson uses these movies to illustrate the 6-Act structure. I want help understanding these video breakdowns from the 6-Act Structure YouTube Channel: