The Sound of Music

Storyform for the The Rise of Nazism

The Sound of Music has two stories in it--the Making a Family Story and the Rise of Nazism Story. In the story about the Von Trapp family Maria is the Main Character and Captain Von Trapp is the Influence Character. In the story about the rise of Nazi power, Liesl is the Main Character and Rolfe is the Influence Character.

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

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

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Liesl 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
Liesl ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Nazification of Austria

Overall Story Throughline: Mind
Overall Story Concern: Preconscious
Overall Story Issue: Worth vs. Value
Overall Story Problem: Expectation
Overall Story Solution: Determination
Overall Story Symptom: Ending
Overall Story Response: Unending
Overall Story Catalyst: Value
Overall Story Inhibitor: Fantasy
Overall Story Benchmark: Subconscious
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conscious
Overall Story Signpost 2: Preconscious
Overall Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Overall Story Signpost 4: Memory

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Psychology
Main Character Concern: Being
Main Character Issue: Desire vs. Ability
Main Character Problem: Expectation
Main Character Solution: Determination
Main Character Symptom: Trust
Main Character Response: Test
Main Character Unique Ability: Knowledge
Main Character Critical Flaw: Enlightenment
Main Character Benchmark: Becoming
Main Character Signpost 1: Conceiving
Main Character Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Main Character Signpost 3: Being
Main Character Signpost 4: Becoming

Influence Character Throughline


Influence Character Throughline: Physics
Influence Character Concern: Doing
Influence Character Issue: Experience vs. Skill
Influence Character Problem: Result
Influence Character Solution: Process
Influence Character Symptom: Ending
Influence Character Response: Unending
Influence Character Unique Ability: Wisdom
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Thought
Influence Character Benchmark: Obtaining
Influence Character Signpost 1: Understanding
Influence Character Signpost 2: Doing
Influence Character Signpost 3: Obtaining
Influence Character Signpost 4: Learning

Relationship Story Throughline

Budding Romance Goes Sour

Relationship Story Throughline: Universe
Relationship Story Concern: Progress
Relationship Story Issue: Fantasy vs. Fact
Relationship Story Problem: Expectation
Relationship Story Solution: Determination
Relationship Story Symptom: Theory
Relationship Story Response: Hunch
Relationship Story Catalyst: Fact
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Worth
Relationship Story Benchmark: Future
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: Preconscious
Overall Story Consequence: Progress
Overall Story Cost: Doing
Overall Story Dividend: Being
Overall Story Requirements: Subconscious
Overall Story Prerequisites: Future
Overall Story Preconditions: Obtaining
Overall Story Forewarnings: Becoming

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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