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1 Plot: From beginning to end.

2 Plot refers to the chain of related events that take place in a story.

3 It is the writer’s blueprint for what happens, when it happens, and to whom it happens.

4 Authors must arrange conflicts, complications, and resolutions to create cause and effect relationships.

5 Readers must not only understand what is happening, but WHY it is happening.

6 Let’s look at the stages of plot as a line…

7 Exposition: Lays the groundwork for the plot and provides the reader with essential background information. Exposition

8 Rising Action: Complications usually arise, causing difficulties for the main characters and making the conflict more difficult to resolve. Exposition Rising Action

9 Climax: The turning point of the action—the moment when interest and intensity reach their peak. The climax usually involves an important event, decision, or discovery that affects the final outcome. Exposition Rising Action Climax

10 Falling Action: The events after the climax. Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action

11 Dẻnouement: The resolution of the story—the tangles of the plot are untied and the mysteries are solved. Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution

12 In Media res: A Latin term meaning “in the middle of the action”—that is, just as an important event is about to take place. (When does the story begin?) Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution In Media res

13 In Media res: Flashback—going back in time to describe events that have taken place before the story begins. Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution Flashback

14 In Media res: Foreshadowing—hint at things that might happen later in the story. Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution Foreshadowing

15 Another way of seeing it… Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution ! ?.

16 Questions to Guide Analysis O Is the plot arranged in chronological order, or does it begin In Media res? O Does the plot involve a flashback? If so, what is its purpose? O What is the nature of the conflict? O What conditions at the outset make the situation unstable? O Is the conflict external or internal? O What is the high point, or climax? O How is the conflict resolved? Is there no resolution— why not? What is the story inconclusive? O What patterns do you find in the plot’s structure?


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