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An explanation of Freytag's Pyramid

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Julian Lopez

on 29 October 2012

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Transcript of An explanation of Freytag's Pyramid

Step Two: Rising Action
The conflict that arises The point at which the
conflict arises in the story.
This can include such
elements as:
Tension
Confusion
Complication Step one: Exposition
The information This is the information that sets the audience up for the story. This information includes the basics of the story:
Setting
Characters
Theme What's with this pyramid and
why is it important? Freytag's Pyramid is the path that a story takes
us from the story's beginning tho the story's end. Why is Rising Action Important to the
Story? It essentially establishes a challenge for the character.
It adds to the context of the story.
Keeps the audience interested
What will happen next? Step Three: The Climax The Climax is essentially the point of no return. It leads the characters to change in the story. Why do stories need a Climax? With the exception of the exposition, it is the most important part of the story!

It shows the character change
Answers a variety of questions for the audience
Reinstates the theme of the story A brief explanation and introduction Freytag's Pyramid Star Wars
Episode IV
does a great job
of setting the
audience up for
the exposition. The iconic message from
R2D2 sets up the conflict
for Luke and Obi Wan. In this
scene, confusion and
complication are evident. This scene from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure creates more context for the story and introduces a new element of time travel for the characters.

How else does this scene help create challenges or conflicts for the main characters? What does it do for the audience? This scene from Forrest Gump is the turning point in the story. It introduces Jenny back into the story and reinstates the theme of a never ending love for Jenny and Forrest. After this scene, Forrest develops as a character and grows as an individual. Climax To the left, is the climax from the Dark
Knight. (Spoiler Alert) This reinstates
the underlying themes that are
developed throughout the story. How
does Christopher Nolan ease the tension
for the audience? What themes are
shown? After-effect of the climax. This step is important for developing the story's theme(s). Many times, the
overall theme is never explicitly stated, but it is more inferred by the audience. This allows the audience to
interpret the story. Fourth Step: Falling Action Even though Rocky loses, he finishes the fight. What is the overall theme can be shown in this final scene? How do you see it? This wraps up the loose ends of the story.
This step ends the story. Final Step: Denouncement Well not all stories have a denouncement. Many stories are left open-ended. This leaves the audience wondering with questions. Though this is a creative way to end a story, your story will indeed have a denouncement. Why do stories need this final step? When you tell a story, what is your favorite part to explain?
Have you had any climatic experiences in your life yet?
Does life have a denouncement or is it open-ended?
What is the most important element needed in your story?
Why is Freytag's Pyramid essential for stories?
How can our stories be relevant to the lives of our audience and ourselves? Questions:
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