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Dramatic Structure

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Suzanne Lustenhouwer

on 12 June 2013

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Transcript of Dramatic Structure

Dramatic Story Arc Plot is the literary element that describes the structure of a story. It shows the causal arrangement of events and actions within a story. Plot Plots can be told in: Chronological order In media res The exposition The exposition is the introduction. It gives the background information to understand the story such as:
The main characters,
The basic conflict,
The setting.

It ends with the inciting moment. The incident without which there would be no story. This sets the rest of the story in motion beginning with the second act, the rising action. Rising action During rising action, the basic conflict is complicated by the introduction of secondary conflicts, including obstacles that frustrate the characters' attempt to reach his goal. Climax The third act is that of the climax, or turning point, which marks a change, for the better or the worse, in the main character's affairs. If the story is a comedy, things will have gone badly for the protagonist up to this point; now, the tide, so to speak, will turn, and things will begin to go well for him or her. If the story is a tragedy, the opposite state of affairs will ensue, with things going from good to bad. Falling action The falling action is the moment of reversal after the climax, the conflicts have been resolved and there is a winner. The falling action might contain a moment of final suspense, during which the final outcome of the conflict is in doubt. The story is almost finished and you are heading to the conclusion. The resolution contains the events between the falling action and the actual end of the story. Conflicts are resolved, tensions and anxieties are relieved.

The comedy ends with a a conclusion in which the main character is better off than at the story's beginning. The tragedy ends with a catastrophe in which the main character is worse off than at the beginning. The resolution In your groups. For your story explain each of the elements in the Dramatic Arc. Map out the story-arch on an A3 poster. (In the middle of things) Flashbacks
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