Arsenic and Old Lace

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Mortimer Brewster changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Start
regarding Mortimer Brewster, the audience is waiting for something to start.

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Mortimer Brewster prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Mortimer Brewster uses linear problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Action
In terms of the overall plot, actions force decisions to be made.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Mortimer Brewster ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Crazy Family Ties

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Becoming
Overall Story Issue: Commitment vs. Responsibility
Overall Story Problem: Pursuit
Overall Story Solution: Avoid
Overall Story Symptom: Disbelief
Overall Story Response: Faith
Overall Story Catalyst: Responsibility
Overall Story Inhibitor: Self-Interest
Overall Story Benchmark: Being
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Conceiving
Overall Story Signpost 3: Being
Overall Story Signpost 4: Becoming

Main Character Throughline

Mortimer Brewster

Main Character Throughline: Universe
Main Character Concern: Future
Main Character Issue: Delay vs. Choice
Main Character Problem: Pursuit
Main Character Solution: Avoid
Main Character Symptom: Oppose
Main Character Response: Support
Main Character Unique Ability: Choice
Main Character Critical Flaw: Hope
Main Character Benchmark: Progress
Main Character Signpost 1: Progress
Main Character Signpost 2: Future
Main Character Signpost 3: Present
Main Character Signpost 4: Past

Influence Character Throughline

Elaine Harper

Influence Character Throughline: Mind
Influence Character Concern: Subconscious
Influence Character Issue: Hope vs. Dream
Influence Character Problem: Support
Influence Character Solution: Oppose
Influence Character Symptom: Disbelief
Influence Character Response: Faith
Influence Character Unique Ability: Dream
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Delay
Influence Character Benchmark: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 1: Memory
Influence Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Influence Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Relationship Story Throughline

Getting Hitched & The Honeymoon

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Obtaining
Relationship Story Issue: Self-Interest vs. Morality
Relationship Story Problem: Conscience
Relationship Story Solution: Temptation
Relationship Story Symptom: Disbelief
Relationship Story Response: Faith
Relationship Story Catalyst: Morality
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Commitment
Relationship Story Benchmark: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Learning
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Becoming
Overall Story Consequence: Obtaining
Overall Story Cost: Subconscious
Overall Story Dividend: Future
Overall Story Requirements: Being
Overall Story Prerequisites: Doing
Overall Story Preconditions: Preconscious
Overall Story Forewarnings: Progress

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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