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Dark Knight Rises "Plot Structure"

Plot Structure/Definitions/Dark Knight Rises Plot Graph.
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on 23 September 2015

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Transcript of Dark Knight Rises "Plot Structure"

Rising action
, consists of a character experiencing
numerous challenges
or conflicts. Things are getting more
interesting or dramatic.
The
climax
is the most
exciting/emotional

part
of a story.
It doesn't get more exciting than this
! A reader can see the outcome of the conflict.
The
falling action
is where conflicts are becoming resolved.
The
denouement
is final resolution of the story!
How did it end?



Exposition
sets up the story, including the
setting
,
conflict
and
characters
. This part of the plot not only indicates what the story will be about, but also sets the stage for what is next.


Inciting incident
is the
"kick off"

moment that
drives everything into motion.

Without it, there is no story!
Also known as Trigger.









Exposition
Rising Action
Falling Action
Climax
Denouement
Inciting Incident
Exposition:


Eight years after the murder of Harvey Dent, Gordon speaks at a podium on Harvey Dent Day, on the grounds of the rebuilt Wayne Manor in front of Gotham city. Gotham is in a state of relative prosperity. With Batman taking the rap for Dent’s murder and pained by the death of his childhood sweetheart, Rachel. Bruce Wayne has not only hung up his cape, but hides away from the public living in the east wing of Wayne Manor and walks with a cane.

Inciting incident:

Bruce catches Selina Kyle stealing his mother's pearl necklace, she escapes and he discovers she lifted his fingerprints off of the safe.
He heads to the bat cave to investigate Kyle’s background and attempting to track her down to recover the stolen jewelry.

Denouement :
Alfred discovers Bruce Wayne is alive, living with Selina Kyle in Italy.
The introduction to characters
Theme
Five things you need
Theme - Upper level

fas·cism
[fash-iz-uhm] 1.
( sometimes initial capital letter ) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
Mood n Tone
three little pigs
Little red riding hood
Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" of exposition. Underline clues.



Eight years after
the murder of Harvey Dent, Gordon speaks at a podium on Harvey Dent Day, on the
grounds of the rebuilt Wayne Manor in front of Gotham city.

Gotham is in a state of relative prosperity.
With
Batman

taking the rap for Dent’s murder
and pained by the death of his childhood sweetheart, Rachel.
Bruce Wayne
has not only hung up his cape, but hides away from the public
living in the east wing of Wayne Manor and walks with a cane.
Blue:
setting
Yellow:
background, charcter info
Green:
Characters
Conflict: Batman/Bruce Wayne has lost hope in himself.
Conclusion
closing
"Happily ever after"
"The End"

Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" of the inciting incident. Underline clues.


Bruce catches
Selina Kyle stealing his mother's pearl necklace
, she escapes and he
discovers she lifted his fingerprints off of the safe.
He heads to the bat cave
to investigate Kyle’s background and attempting to
track her
down to recover the stolen jewelry.
Were you correct?
Blue:
Evidence this "set off" the character to take action.
Yellow:
The event that will cause the story to keep moving.
Green: We can infer from the exposition and the text evidence that Bruce Wayne/Batman has been avoiding the batcave for the past 8 years. Selina's actions caused Bruce Wayne to "wake up" and some how start becoming who he use to be ...BATMAN.

Rising Action:

Blake worked out Wayne’s dual identity as the Batman and confronts him about it. He urges Bruce to get back in the game and come to the aid of Gordon to try and stop Gotham's new visitor Bane, An ex-communicated member of Ra’s Al Ghul’s League of Shadows.


Rising Action:

Blake worked out Wayne’s
dual identity

as the Batman and confronts him about it
.
He urges Bruce to get
back in the game
and come to the
aid of Gordon

to try and

stop Gotham's new visitor

Bane
, An ex-communicated
member of Ra’s Al Ghul’s League of Shadows.


Blue:
Evidence this increases the excitment of the story
Yellow:
Proves to Wayne that Gotham still needs Batman.
Did you get it correct?
Rising action:

Batman engages the former protégé of Ra’s Al Ghul in battle and is utterly defeated.
Taken from Gotham to The Pit, a prison at the bottom of a giant well in India,
Bruce is left broken and forced to watch as Bane begins his plan to destroy Gotham.

Batman languishes in the seemingly inescapable Pit. Bruce, holed up in the prison, is watching the havoc in Gotham on a TV set in the prison.
As the days wear on his anger builds, and he is determined to save Gotham. Rigorously training his body, he attempts to make the escape
, he failed until he realized "
that he fears dying in prison when the people of Gotham can only be saved by him if he were to escape. "
Blue:
Evidence this increases the excitment of the story
Yellow:
Proves that Gotham still needs Batman.
We know this isnt the climax because the problem has not been resolved!
Rising action:

Batman engages the former protégé of Ra’s Al Ghul in battle and is utterly defeated. Taken from Gotham to The Pit, a prison at the bottom of a giant well in India, Bruce is left broken and forced to watch as Bane begins his plan to destroy Gotham. Batman languishes in the seemingly inescapable Pit. Bruce, holed up in the prison, is watching the havoc in Gotham on a TV set in the prison. As the days wear on his anger builds, and he is determined to save Gotham. Rigorously training his body, he attempts to make the escape, he failed until he realized "that he fears dying in prison when the people of Gotham can only be saved by him if he were to escape. "
Rising Action:
Batman fights Bane again, with more success, and has nearly defeated him, detaching some of the tubes on his mask that feed Bane his anesthetic, which weakens him greatly.
However, as Batman tries to force Bane to reveal the location of the trigger device,
Miranda suddenly stabs him in the side. It is then revealed that "Miranda's real name is Talia,

and that she was the child who had escaped from the Hell on Earth prison. Bane had been a prisoner there, and had become her protector. Bane helped her to escape, but in the process was hurt severely. After she had escaped, Talia then tracked down her father:
Ra's Al Ghul
.
She convinced her father to rescue Bane, and both were trained within the League of Shadows. Talia's intention is to take
r
evenge on the Batman for killing her father, as well as finishing the

mission of destroying Gotham for its greed that cost her father's life.
She then hits the trigger of the nuclear weapon, but Gordon has managed to fit the signal jammer on the weapon just in time. However, there are only eleven minutes left for the nuke to detonate. Miranda/Talia says farewell and leaves Bane to kill Batman.
Blue:
Evidence this increases the excitement of the story
Yellow:
Proves that Gotham still needs Batman.
We know this isnt the climax because the problem has not been resolved!
Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" of rising action.
How did you do?
Rising Action:
Batman fights Bane again, with more success, and has nearly defeated him, detaching some of the tubes on his mask that feed Bane his anesthetic, which weakens him greatly. However, as Batman tries to force Bane to reveal the location of the trigger device, Miranda suddenly stabs him in the side. It is then revealed that "Miranda's real name is Talia, and that she was the child who had escaped from the Hell on Earth prison. Bane had been a prisoner there, and had become her protector. Bane helped her to escape, but in the process was hurt severely. After she had escaped, Talia then tracked down her father: Ra's Al Ghul. She convinced her father to rescue Bane, and both were trained within the League of Shadows. Talia's intention is to take revenge on the Batman for killing her father, as well as finishing the mission of destroying Gotham for its greed that cost her father's life. She then hits the trigger of the nuclear weapon, but Gordon has managed to fit the signal jammer on the weapon just in time. However, there are only eleven minutes left for the nuke to detonate. Miranda/Talia says farewell and leaves Bane to kill Batman.
Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" of rising action.
Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" of rising action.
CLIMAX:

The weapon cannot be deactivated in any way, and will detonate in less than 2 minutes. With not much time left, Batman attaches the bomb to the Bat, and flies it away from the city, and out over the bay. The citizens of Gotham watch awestruck as the weapon detonates on the horizon, and the mushroom-cloud balloons over the bay.
CLIMAX:
The
weapon cannot be deactivated in any way
, and will detonate in less than 2 minutes. With not much time left,
Batman attaches the bomb to the Bat, and flies it away from the city,

and out over the bay. The
citizens of Gotham watch awestruck as the weapon detonates on the horizon
, and the mushroom-cloud balloons over the bay
Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" of the Climax.
Blue: Evidence this is the most emotional part of the story!
Yellow: Batman saved Gotham
We know this climax because the problem has been resolved!
Blue: Evidence shows the closing of the story. The threat of Bane and the bomb are over. Life is returning back to normal.
Yellow: Proves that Batman achieved his goal and was able to save Gotham as well as repair his reputation.

Falling action:
Bruce Wayne is buried next to his parents on the Wayne Manor grounds. Alfred weeps,
saying “I failed you.” Batman is hailed as Gotham's sacrificial hero.Blake resigns from the police force, and explains to Gordon that Gotham will never really know who saved it. Gordon tells him that they will know that it was 'The Batman' who saved them. In tribute, a statue has been erected in Batman's memory.
Falling action:
Bruce Wayne is buried
next to his parents on the Wayne Manor grounds. Alfred weeps, saying “I failed you.”
Batman is hailed as Gotham's sacrificial hero.
Blake resigns from the police force, and explains to Gordon that
Gotham will never really know who saved it.
Gordon tells him that they will know that it was
'The Batman'
who saved them.
In tribute, a statue has been erected in Batman's memory.
Falling Action:
In the aftermath of Bruce Wayne's death, certain provisions are made. The majority of the estate is sold, with the money given to Alfred. Wayne Manor is given to the city of Gotham, as a place for orphaned boys to stay. Strangely, one of the Wayne family's treasures (a string of pearls) cannot be located.

Falling Action:
In the aftermath of Bruce Wayne's death, certain provisions are made.
The majority of the estate is sold, with the money given to Alfred.
Wayne Manor is given to the city of Gotham, as a place for orphaned boys to stay.

Strangely, one of the Wayne family's treasures (a string of pearls) cannot be located.
Blue: Evidence this continues the "wrapping up " of the story.
Yellow:

Proves Batman will be remembered for his actions.
It also provides a clue!
Denouement :
Alfred
discovers Bruce Wayne is alive
, and happily living with Selina Kyle in Italy
Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" of the falling action.
Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" of the falling action.
Use your reader eye to find the "evidence" Denouement.
Blue: Evidence this ends the story.
Will we see Bat man and Cat women back soon?
Can you spot the plot elements?
Plot Structure & Identifying Plot
Exposition:


Eight years after the murder of Harvey Dent, Gordon speaks at a podium on Harvey Dent Day, on the grounds of the rebuilt Wayne Manor in front of Gotham city. Gotham is in a state of relative prosperity. With Batman taking the rap for Dent’s murder and pained by the death of his childhood sweetheart, Rachel. Bruce Wayne has not only hung up his cape, but hides away from the public living in the east wing of Wayne Manor and walks with a cane.

Extensions and goodies
1. Why did the author need to explain to the readers the background of batman's life in the exposition?

2. What inciting event causes the action to begin to "rise"? Why is this event so important ?

3. Where does the story peak? Is there a clear climax?

4. Which events lead up to the conclusion?

5. How is the story resolved?
The End
Discussion Questions


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