PLOT - Handout - of the story The reader wonders what will...

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PLOT The plot is how the author arranges events to develop his or her basic idea; It is the sequence of events in a story or play. The plot is a planned, logical series of events having a beginning, middle, and end. The short story usually has one plot so it can be read in one sitting. There are five essential parts of plot: a) Introduction/ Exposition - The beginning of the story where the characters and the setting are revealed. INCITING INCIDENT is the first conflict that starts the rising action. b) Rising Action - This is where the events in the story become complicated and the CONFLICT in the story is revealed (events between the introduction and climax). c) Climax - This is the highest point of interest and the turning point
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Unformatted text preview: of the story. The reader wonders what will happen next; will the conflict be resolved or not? • It is helpful to consider climax as a three-fold phenomenon: i. the main character receives new information ii. accepts this information (realizes it but does not necessarily agree with it) iii. acts on this information (makes a choice that will determine whether or not he/she gains his or her objective). d) Falling action - The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not (events between climax and denouement). e) Denouement/Resolution - This is the final outcome or untangling of events in the story....
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Culper during the Fall '09 term at Grand Valley State.

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PLOT - Handout - of the story The reader wonders what will...

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