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Transcript of Plot

Definition of plot:
"The main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence."
"The particular point in a narrative at which the conflict or tension hits the highest point"

Ex: In the Titanic, when the ship hits the iceberg

Rising action
-Related series of incidents
-Leading up/causes the climax
- Can be obstacles

Ex: The Doc put the flux capacitor into the time machine.

- The backstory
-An introduction to the piece
-Contains descriptions/explanations

Ex: The scrolling texts in the beginning of the Star Wars movies.
-Finale of novel/play/etc.
-Includes explanations/Resolutions

Ex: They got married and they all lived happily ever after.
-An emergency/unexpected situation
Ex: a car crash or an illness
Falling action
-After the climax has been reached and the problem has been resolved
-Intended to bring the story to a satisfying ending

-No conflict = no plot
-Pushes the story forward
-Two types of conflict:
external and internal
External conflict
-A struggle with a force outside one's self
-Struggle between two or more people or an argument
- Man vs. man
Ex: A man fighting with his son over who is going to buy dinner
Internal conflict
-A struggle within one's self
-Fuelled by emotions
-Man vs Himself
Ex: "I wanted to stay out
late, but I didn't want my parents to get upset."
- Teases readers about the character’s future/plot turns.
-Creates an atmosphere of suspense.
Ex: In "The Bridge to Terabithia", the rope swing was old and rickety. The rope broke, Leslie fell and drowned.
External Conflict
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Freytag's pyramid
-Smaller plot that supports/drives the main plot
-Can meet up with the main plot

Popular conflicts
-Man vs. Man
-Man vs. Nature
-Man against God
-Man vs. Society
-Man against machine
-Man against fate
-Man against supernatural
Things to spice up your
A faux pas: Plotholes
-A gap/inconsistency in the story
-Creates paradoxes
-Frustrates readers/viewers
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