Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kurt Vonnegut & the Shape of PLAM

In “The Private Life of an American Mom,” aka PLAM, Mom experiences a lot of ups and downs. Most Moms would probably agree that their mood can go up and down quite a bit in one day. Toddlers are genius at pushing their parents’ limits. Hopefully audiences of “The Private Life of an American Mom” will enjoy the plot roller coaster and smile at its similarity to the parental mood swings throughout any given day with children.

Kurt Vonnegut delivered a beautiful 4 minute talk about the shapes of story lines. I applied his plot analysis to Mom’s experiences in PLAM, and graphed it, see pic below. It hits some of the key elements of the most popular story lines that Vonnegut identifies.

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