The Help


Film synopsis: "An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis" (Synopsis source:

NOTE: This storyform describes the main story as described in the synopsis above.  There also is a substory with Minnie and Celia, and a the suggestion of a substory between Skeeter and her mother, but they are not included here.

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Main Character Growth: Stop
Main Character Approach: Be-er
Main Character Mental Sex: Female
Story Driver: Action
Story Limit: Optionlock
Story Outcome: Success
Story Judgment: Good

Overall Story Throughline

The writing of a book from the perspective of the "help" in the Jim Crow South

Overall Story Throughline: Mind
Overall Story Concern: Conscious
Overall Story Issue: Reappraisal vs. Appraisal
Overall Story Problem: Acceptance
Overall Story Solution: Non-Acceptance
Overall Story Symptom: Deduction
Overall Story Response: Induction
Overall Story Catalyst: Appraisal
Overall Story Inhibitor: Repulsion
Overall Story Benchmark: Memory
Overall Story Signpost 1: Memory
Overall Story Signpost 2: Subconscious
Overall Story Signpost 3: Preconscious
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Psychology
Main Character Concern: Conceiving
Main Character Issue: Permission vs. Deficiency
Main Character Problem: Acceptance
Main Character Solution: Non-Acceptance
Main Character Symptom: Certainty
Main Character Response: Potentiality
Main Character Unique Ability: Need
Main Character Critical Flaw: Analysis
Main Character Benchmark: Conceptualizing
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: Learning
Influence Character Issue: Prerequisites vs. Preconditions
Influence Character Problem: Reduction
Influence Character Solution: Production
Influence Character Symptom: Deduction
Influence Character Response: Induction
Influence Character Unique Ability: Strategy
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Expediency
Influence Character Benchmark: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 2: Doing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Influence Character Signpost 4: Learning

Relationship Story Throughline

Aspiring Writers from 'different worlds'

Relationship Story Throughline: Universe
Relationship Story Concern: Present
Relationship Story Issue: Repulsion vs. Attraction
Relationship Story Problem: Certainty
Relationship Story Solution: Potentiality
Relationship Story Symptom: Deduction
Relationship Story Response: Induction
Relationship Story Catalyst: Attraction
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Reappraisal
Relationship Story Benchmark: Past
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Present
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Past
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Progress
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Future

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Conscious
Overall Story Consequence: Present
Overall Story Cost: Learning
Overall Story Dividend: Conceiving
Overall Story Requirements: Memory
Overall Story Prerequisites: Past
Overall Story Preconditions: Understanding
Overall Story Forewarnings: Conceptualizing

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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