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Transcript of Plot
As you view this video clip, identify the setting, main characters, and basic scenario.
In the plot, the rising action is the series of events, such as the conflicts, complications, and struggles, that lead to the climax.
Three things typically happen at the climax.
What clues hint that this is the
highest point of the story’s action?
Climax - From Walt Disney’s Cinderella
These are the events that follow the story’s climax. These events lead to the story’s resolution.
Man versus nature
Hint: Think about the change in music
and the facial expressions of the characters
in the scene.
This happens at the end of the story when all conflicts have been resolved and we know what is going to happen to the characters in the story.
A war or fight may be at its deadliest stage.
A character might change after learning an important lesson. (What is another name for that important lesson?)
Watch the following video. Write the climax of that video's clip in your notes.
The exposition occurs at the beginning of the story. It
the following parts of the story:
the setting (the where and when)
the main characters (the who)
the basic background (the what)
The PROTAGONIST is usually introduced in the exposition. The protagonist is central to the story because all major events have some importance to that character.
protagonist = main character = hero
The ANTAGONIST is what is in conflict with the protagonist.
antagonist = main character = villain
What is the protagonist's background? This is often an important part of the exposition.
is the most emotionally involved in the story. The reader might be
Plot is the action or sequence of events in a story. A plot is comprised of five basic elements:
2. rising action,
4. falling action, and
1. What is Cinderella’s initial conflict?
2. How does she try to resolve it?
3. How does her effort complicate the situation even more?
A character sometimes tries to resolve a conflict, but that action can worsen the conflict. That action complicates the conflict. Those complications are part of the rising action of the story.
Here is another example.
As you watch, think about how Nemo complicates the initial problem, and write it in your notes.
The era in which the story takes place is part of the setting. The era can affect the characters and their decisions.
The neighborhood in which a character lives is part of a story's setting. This setting also affects characters and the decisions they make.
The weather is part of the setting as well. How might extreme weather affect a character or the decisions that character makes?
Culture is affected by where a character lives, so it is also part of the setting. How might the decisions that a character who is living in this culture be shaped differently than a character who lives in your culture?
The time of day is part of the setting as well.
Might characters who are raised in an opulent setting like this have a different value system than a character who is raised in a destitute setting?
Setting is important for various reasons. For example, going to the grocery store in the late 1800's was usually a much bigger deal than it is today. Think about how that might have affected their decisions. Do you think that these people went to the grocery store the minute they ran out of milk at home?
BOTH THE PROTAGONIST AND ANTAGONIST ARE NECESSARY TO A STORY.
Now that you know the exposition of "The Brady Bunch", make a prediction. What is a conflict that might occur on this show?
Cinderella lost her mother at a young age, and her father remarried in hopes that Cinderella would be part of a family, but he died. Cinderella (the protagonist) was left with her evil stepmother and stepsisters (the antagonists).
When you encounter a conflict, do your responses complicate the conflict, or do they de-escalate the conflict?
THINK ABOUT IT!
is, at it most basic form, the
"where and when"
of the story.
The main characters are the "who" in the story. They are usually introduced in the exposition.
is at its turning point.
is at its highest point.
is usually short. Generally, falling action helps with closure of the story. The falling action might include
The climax in "The Wizard of Oz" is when Dorothy finally leaves Oz; however, the story isn't over RIGHT when she arrives home. There is some explaining to do. Dorothy recognizes people from Oz in real life, she recognizes it was all a dream, and the audience has a minute to unwind. This falling action allows the audience to feel some closure to the story.
What is the falling action in "The Hunger Games"?
Falling action might include the
return home after a battle
trial of a villain,
clearing after a storm
The climax of "The Lion King" is when Scar threw hot coals in Simba's eyes.