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Elements of Plot (5A)
Transcript of Elements of Plot (5A)
This gives the reader needed background information to understand the story.
3. an explanation of what is happening at the beginning
of the story.
This should look familiar!!!
. . . and this too!!!!
Describes the first moment in the story when you begin to see that there is going to be a problem.
1. foreshadowing: Suggesting, hinting, indicating, or showing what will occur later
~ Several things may occur:
2. conflict (is revealed):
3. tension: heightened involvement, uncertainty, and interest an audience experiences
Don't forget about conflict!!!
Moment in which the crisis/problem reaches its point of greatest intensity. This is when the conflict begins to go in a new direction.
It can often be very subtle point, like a realization that one character finally has, or a simple shift in circumstances that makes all the difference in the way the protagonist feels, thinks and behaves.
This is the point in which the conflict is worked out and actions to resolve the problem are taken.
Tells how the conflict IS or IS NOT completely resolved.
1. If you believe there is a complete resolution, you need to be able to explain how the conflict no longer exists in any form.
2. If you believe the conflict is not resolved, you need to be able to explain why it continues even after the story ends.
(*This is also known as the "Denouement," which literally translates to 'un-knotting')