Splendor in the Grass


SYNOPSIS: "A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

Main Character Growth: Stop
regarding Deanie, the audience is waiting for something to stop.

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Deanie prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Deanie uses holistic problem-solving techniques.

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

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: Good
Deanie ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Fighting Social/Parental Mores

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

Main Character Throughline


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

Influence Character Throughline


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

Relationship Story Throughline

The Hopeless Romance

Relationship Story Throughline: Universe
Relationship Story Concern: Future
Relationship Story Issue: Preconception vs. Openness
Relationship Story Problem: Conscience
Relationship Story Solution: Temptation
Relationship Story Symptom: Logic
Relationship Story Response: Feeling
Relationship Story Catalyst: Openness
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Denial
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: Obtaining
Overall Story Dividend: Becoming
Overall Story Requirements: Preconscious
Overall Story Prerequisites: Progress
Overall Story Preconditions: Doing
Overall Story Forewarnings: Being

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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