Synopsis:  "A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student." (Source:

Story Analysis: Dramatica Users Group

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Sister Alloysius prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Sister Alloysius 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: Failure
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is not achieved.

Story Judgment: Bad
Sister Alloysius ultimately fails in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Is the Priest Abusing Students?

Overall Story Throughline: Mind
Overall Story Concern: Conscious
Overall Story Issue: Investigation vs. Doubt
Overall Story Problem: Certainty
Overall Story Solution: Potentiality
Overall Story Symptom: Reaction
Overall Story Response: Proaction
Overall Story Catalyst: Appraisal
Overall Story Inhibitor: Repulsion
Overall Story Benchmark: Memory
Overall Story Signpost 1: Memory
Overall Story Signpost 2: Conscious
Overall Story Signpost 3: Preconscious
Overall Story Signpost 4: Subconscious

Main Character Throughline

Sister Alloysius

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Learning
Main Character Issue: Prerequisites vs. Preconditions
Main Character Problem: Certainty
Main Character Solution: Potentiality
Main Character Symptom: Possibility
Main Character Response: Probability
Main Character Unique Ability: Strategy
Main Character Critical Flaw: Expediency
Main Character Benchmark: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 2: Doing
Main Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 4: Learning

Influence Character Throughline

Father Flynn

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Issue: Permission vs. Deficiency
Influence Character Problem: Deduction
Influence Character Solution: Induction
Influence Character Symptom: Reaction
Influence Character Response: Proaction
Influence Character Unique Ability: Need
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Analysis
Influence Character Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 1: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Being
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conceiving

Relationship Story Throughline


Relationship Story Throughline: Universe
Relationship Story Concern: Present
Relationship Story Issue: Work vs. Attempt
Relationship Story Problem: Certainty
Relationship Story Solution: Potentiality
Relationship Story Symptom: Induction
Relationship Story Response: Deduction
Relationship Story Catalyst: Attraction
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Reappraisal
Relationship Story Benchmark: Past
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: Conscious
Overall Story Consequence: Present
Overall Story Cost: Conceiving
Overall Story Dividend: Learning
Overall Story Requirements: Memory
Overall Story Prerequisites: Past
Overall Story Preconditions: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Forewarnings: Understanding

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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