Do the Right Thing


Film synopsis: "On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence." (Synopsis source:

NOTE:  There is a fairly well-developed substory between The Mayor and Mother Sister in the film, but this storyform is not an analysis of that substory.

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Steadfast
Main Character Growth: Start
Main Character Approach: Do-er
Main Character Mental Sex: Female
Story Driver: Action
Story Limit: Optionlock
Story Outcome: Failure
Story Judgment: Bad

Overall Story Throughline

Racial tensions erupt on a hot day in a Brooklyn neighborhood

Overall Story Throughline: Mind
Overall Story Concern: Subconscious
Overall Story Issue: Denial vs. Closure
Overall Story Problem: Temptation
Overall Story Solution: Conscience
Overall Story Symptom: Help
Overall Story Response: Hinder
Overall Story Catalyst: Closure
Overall Story Inhibitor: Commitment
Overall Story Benchmark: Preconscious
Overall Story Signpost 1: Memory
Overall Story Signpost 2: Preconscious
Overall Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Obtaining
Main Character Issue: Attitude vs. Approach
Main Character Problem: Oppose
Main Character Solution: Support
Main Character Symptom: Help
Main Character Response: Hinder
Main Character Unique Ability: Approach
Main Character Critical Flaw: Delay
Main Character Benchmark: Doing
Main Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 2: Learning
Main Character Signpost 3: Doing
Main Character Signpost 4: Obtaining

Influence Character Throughline

Sal / Tina

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Becoming
Influence Character Issue: Obligation vs. Rationalization
Influence Character Problem: Temptation
Influence Character Solution: Conscience
Influence Character Symptom: Control
Influence Character Response: Uncontrolled
Influence Character Unique Ability: Rationalization
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Hope
Influence Character Benchmark: Being
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 2: Being
Influence Character Signpost 3: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conceiving

Relationship Story Throughline

Boss/Employee; Family

Relationship Story Throughline: Universe
Relationship Story Concern: Future
Relationship Story Issue: Preconception vs. Openness
Relationship Story Problem: Temptation
Relationship Story Solution: Conscience
Relationship Story Symptom: Logic
Relationship Story Response: Feeling
Relationship Story Catalyst: Openness
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Self-Interest
Relationship Story Benchmark: Progress
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Past
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Progress
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Future
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Present

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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