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Plot Structure and Devices

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Transcript of Plot Structure and Devices

Climax
or: it's all downhill from here
This is the
high point of tension/action/activity
in the story.

The
ultimate showdown
of whatever
the main conflict
is in the story.
Plot Structure and Devices
or: the journey a story makes
Exposition
or: laying the groundwork
Rising Action
or: the climb
Rising Action cont.
Falling Action
or: tidying loose ends
The Resolution
or: let's wrap things up here, folks
(generally)
the beginning of the story
.

The exposition establishes:
The
setting
The
protagonist(s)
and
antagonist(s)
The
conflict
Here the author wraps up any
remaining conflicts
or
unresolved issues
.

The remaining characters take whatever steps are needed to
fully resolve the main conflict
that occurred in the climax.
The end of the conflict
.

(For the most part) authors will wrap up their stories by
letting you know what happens to

the
major characters after the story ends
.

Or they will provide you with a
parting thought/idea
to convey the message or meaning they had in writing the story.

However, sometimes resolutions are
very short
and
difficult to find
. And sometimes, an author will not include one at all.
The main events that occur throughout the story that
move the story forward
.

These are events where the protagonist encounters:
a new obstacle
,
overcomes
a former obstacle
,
gains
new information
, or
when a
new main character is introduced
.
While the rising action is driven by
conflict
, there are some other key elements that are developed in this part of the story.

The author uses this part of the plot to
develop the character traits
of their characters.

The author also can
foreshadow
events that are going to happen later in the story.

You can use the events from the rising action to
predict
what a character might do next or
infer
what took place even if the author doesn't tell you directly.
Setting
The
time
and
place
of the story
A struggle between
opposing forces
.

Can be
external
or
internal
.

External
: The protagonist vs. an outside force.
Can be:
vs.
another person/group
vs.
society/expectations
vs.
natural elements

Internal
: The protagonist vs.
themselves
(
fear, lack of abilities, etc.
)
Conflict
Protagonist(s) and Antagonist(s)
Hogwarts Castle (
Harry Potter
)
a.k.a. the main
good and bad guys
(
or forces
)
Harry Potter
Voldemort
Plot ordering devices
Most plots are told
chronologically
. This means that they
happen in the

story
in the order
they would happen in real time.

Some authors use
flashbacks
which means the story
starts with a character in present time
speaking about an experience they remember
from the past.
The Final Battle (Deathly Hallows)
As a group
We are going to fill out a Plot Structure graph for this short film.
Make sure to cover:

The Exposition
: Establish both the time and place of the story.

The Rising Action
: Include
at least three
key events/conflicts that move the story forward.

The Climax
: What is the high point
of tension/activity in the story?
What is the ultimate showdown?

Falling Action
: What's one detail
that leads to the end of the conflict?

Resolution
: How does the story get
wrapped up?
One more time...
With a partner
: Fill out a Plot Structure graph for this short film.
Make sure to cover:

The Exposition
: Establish both the time and place of the story.

The Rising Action
: Include
at least three
key events/conflicts that move the story forward.

The Climax
: What is the high point
of tension/activity in the story?
What is the ultimate showdown?

Falling Action
: What's one detail
that leads to the end of the conflict?

Resolution
: How does the story get
wrapped up?
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