Can anyone help me with the meaning of "stakes" in the following sentence:

"In other words, melodrama is about recognition and clarification, how to be clear what the stakes are and what their representative signs mean, and how to face them."

Could you please tell me what exactly "stakes" means here and what the sentence wants to express? :)

Regards, Mehrdad

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  • Please do some basic research before asking here, such as looking up words you don't know in a dictionary. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 24 '14 at 23:02

Stakes in the literal sense of this usage are money or property risked in a wager. In the figurative sense they are what one has to gain or lose from their actions in a given situation.

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