Re: Fatal Flaw?
Jim, you call Laszlo the Protagonist in Casablanca, because you say he is the character who pursues the Story Goal. In Casablanca, you then define the story goal as Laszlo and Ilsa's freedom.
Then, if I undersand you correctly, you define the story goal of any story as the goal the Protagonist seeks at or near the end of ACT 1. From my understanding of a story, this is when our Protagonist's world is so upset that he or she must act to bring it back into balance.
True, Laszlo seeks his and Ilsa's freedom, but how can that be the story goal, if Laszlo had been seeking their freedom since this story began?