Bad Temper



Genre: fiction

Log line: as the title suggests, the story is about a youngboy (Maxwell) that had a bad temper and the father’s endeavor toensure that the boy realizes the disadvantages of having a badtemper. The father uses nails and the fence, where every time the boygets angry, he is supposed to drive a nail to the fence.


Opening and closing images – the first image is the back of afence, which appears smooth and besides the fence is a bag withnails. The closing image is the same fence, but filled with nailholes.

Inciting incident – the young boy progresses to have a bad temperand he would have progressed to cause pain to others through histemper, if the father, Leon had not decided to intervene bycompelling him to draw nails to the fence every time he gets angry.

First act break – at first the boy is unwilling to draw the nailsto the fence, but his father compels him to, until all the nailsprovided are over.

The midpoint – at this point the young boy had drawn all the nailsto the fence, but has managed to reduce the number of nails drawn tothe fence daily, meaning that he is able to manage his temper.

The position of commitment – the father is happy that the boy hasreduced the number of nails drawn to the wall daily and once all thenails are over, he asks the boy to pull them out for every day hemanages to control his temper.

All is lost – the young boy has managed to hold his temper, whichwas his objective, at this point, any time he is unable to hold histemper is a major setback requiring him to draw the nail to the fenceagain.

Climax – the boy has already learned how to manage his anger and atthis point has managed to pull out many nails from the fence.

Resolution – the father and the boy are at the fence, and thefather informs the young boy that the fence will never be the samebecause it now has holes. This means that one’s a person reacts outof temper and causes harm to another, despite saying sorry, it is notpossible to undo the harm inflicted.

ACT 1: Scene 1

(The first scene is a fence and a bag of nails on the side, whichthen moves to inside the house)

Maxwell: (throwing and tearing his homework book) I do not want to dothis homework, and I do not want to go to school also.

Leon: you will have to do the homework, or I will punish you. If youdo not want to go to school, you will not play. (Staring directly asthe son as he progresses to throw books around the house)

Scene 2

Leon: (leads the boy from the house to the fence) I want to give youthis bag of nails.

Maxwell: why?

Leon: because you have a bad temper and I want to teach you somethingabout tempers.

Maxwell: (nods reluctantly)

ACT 2: Scene 1

Leon: you must do what I am going to instruct you, and in this case,I will observe you closely to make sure that you do so.

Maxwell: okay, maybe this is better than going to school or doing myhomework.

Leon: you are unable to complete your homework because you have a badtemper, you get frustrated when you cannot do something, which is abad way of reacting to problems.

Maxwell: what do you want me to do father.

Scene 2

Leon: (picking one nail from the bag) every time that you feel angry,I want you to draw this nail to the fence.

Maxwell: (making noises) okay, I will try to

Scene 3

Maxwell: (On the first day, he hammers twenty nails to the fence) asthe week progresses the boy reduces the number of nails he hammers onthe fence.

Leon: (the father observes as the boy hammers the nails on the fence)

Maxwell: father I have reduced the number of nails that I hammer onthe fence daily

Leon: good the exercise will progress for one week.

Scene 4

Maxwell: (by now the young man rarely gets uncontrollable tempers,every time he is about to get angry he remembers that he will have tohammer a nail and manages his temper) I do not get angry a lot thesedays

Leon: that is good, now I want you to remove the nails from thefence, for everyday that passes without you getting angry.

Maxwell: (the days pass and within one week he had drawn out all thenails) father I have pulled all the nails from the fence.

Leon: (the father walks the young boy to the fence) look at thefence, my son, it is now filled with holes because of the many nails.

ACT 3: Scene 1

Maxwell: (the boy looks at the father in surprise) yes, father thefence now has holes.

Leon: but you have done well son, you are now capable of managingyour anger, but the fence will always have holes from now.

Scene 2

Maxwell: am sorry father, it is because I got angry so many times.

Leon: yes, what I want you to learn is that when you do something inanger, you will always leave a scar on those you hurt. Even when youapologize, the mistake has already happened. Son, you should learn toreact calmly even when angry.

Maxwell: now I know father and I will start to avoid anger, and learnhow to control my temper.

(the closing image appears, which is the fence filled with nailholes)