My actual question is: is it acceptable as a valid question to copy an existing question and switch the incidental, or would it lead to a duplicate flag?
Inspired by linkassassin's skepticism toward the fact that "death" is an incidental, I switched death with marriage starting from a question about characters facing death.
The following obviously does not reflect a real problem I am having with writing, hence I refrained from posting it on the main site (it sounds like a good story nonetheless). I attach it as an example:
Motivations of characters facing marriage
Would it be boring/unrealistic/silly/cliché if my characters only had this main motivation for the duration of a story: avoiding an arranged marriage to save themselves?
The setting is Europe during the late XVI century. A contract is made with a group of immoral beings that cannot be reasoned with. It is an arranged marriage that can only end when the MCs are subdued to the will of their husbands. All characters are aware of it. They know that in a short span of time they will not be free anymore, and will not be able to pursue any of the other goals that they thought they could achieve (i.e. being a pianist, writing books, travelling, helping orphans). There is no way to escape this. How would someone react if their world was about to suddenly collapse, facing such a marriage in a near future?
In the story one character just gives up and let herself be betrothed. This serves at establishing the terrible reality of these arranged marriages. Another try to hide at first, and then run away, which serves at showing that there is no escape as she will be captured and severely punished, alongside with her family. All the others decide to stick together and try to find a way to fight back, even though this is futile, society has decreed their demise, no one will help them, and they are thus doomed.
My heroines decide to hold on as long as possible. The problem is that they lack defining traits because they all have the same goal and the same motivation: they try to save themselves.
I have a pretty precise outline of the story and the actions of my MCs are designed to be logical. However I feel the lack of character arcs and motivations. The differences between characters have been diminished because they are in the same perpetual freedom-or-slavery situation. What they cared about before does not matter much anymore to them. They lack secondary motivations apart from saving themselves.
Would such a lack of secondary motivations be a problem and if yes, how to fix it?