The Optimist’s Daughter

Storyform

SYNOPSIS: "This story of a young woman's confrontation with death and her past is a poetic study of human relations."  Synopsis source: GoodReads.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Laurel uses holistic 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: Good
Laurel ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

A Death in the Family

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Past
Overall Story Issue: Fate vs. Destiny
Overall Story Problem: Knowledge
Overall Story Solution: Thought
Overall Story Symptom: Order
Overall Story Response: Chaos
Overall Story Catalyst: Destiny
Overall Story Inhibitor: Truth
Overall Story Benchmark: Present
Overall Story Signpost 1: Present
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Future
Overall Story Signpost 4: Past

Main Character Throughline

Laurel

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Understanding
Main Character Issue: Instinct vs. Conditioning
Main Character Problem: Knowledge
Main Character Solution: Thought
Main Character Symptom: Ability
Main Character Response: Desire
Main Character Unique Ability: Conditioning
Main Character Critical Flaw: State of Being
Main Character Benchmark: Learning
Main Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 2: Doing
Main Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 4: Learning

Influence Character Throughline

Fay

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Issue: State of Being vs. Sense of Self
Influence Character Problem: Actuality
Influence Character Solution: Perception
Influence Character Symptom: Order
Influence Character Response: Chaos
Influence Character Unique Ability: Sense of Self
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Instinct
Influence Character Benchmark: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 2: Being
Influence Character Signpost 3: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 4: Conceiving

Relationship Story Throughline

Prediction

Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Memory
Relationship Story Issue: Truth vs. Falsehood
Relationship Story Problem: Knowledge
Relationship Story Solution: Thought
Relationship Story Symptom: Actuality
Relationship Story Response: Perception
Relationship Story Catalyst: Falsehood
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Fate
Relationship Story Benchmark: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Conscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Memory

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

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

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics

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