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Plot Elements Review

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Elizabeth Brown

on 12 October 2015

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Transcript of Plot Elements Review

Inciting Incident
Rising Action
Falling Action

Prim, Katniss's younger sister, is randomly chosen as tribute for the Games, but Katniss volunteers to take her place. Katniss starts the action when she says, "I volunteer!... I volunteer as tribute!"(22).

The protagonist
has a problem to solve or a goal to reach.

Katniss's values are challenged at this point forcing her to take action.She loves her sister and
protect her, despite the consequences for her own personal safety. Her motivation, her reason for action, is the desire to keep her family safe.
In this part of the plot,
- Character Introductions are made
- Setting is revealed
- Inciting Incident occurs
Rising Action
The rising action comprises the majority of a story/novel/play.
It shows the protagonist's struggle to solve their problem or reach their goal.
The events build on each other.
One event leads to the next and each event builds suspense to the climax of the story.

event must showcase the protagonist's attempts to solve their problem/reach their goal.
This Inciting Incident is the event which:
reveals the conflict
gets the story moving

The protagonist, who has been just fine and dandy up until this point, is confronted with a problem that challenges one of their core values

As a result, the protagonist is forced to take some kind of action to try and solve the problem which sets the plot in motion.

If the character is
placed in a situation where their value system is challenged, there's no story.

This type of conflict features the main character opposed by another character.
The struggle between a character and an opposing character or force.
Man vs ________
Man vs Man

In this clip, you see Harry Potter in direct conflict with another character.
Voldemort is a threat to the life of Harry Potter because of a failed attempt to end his life when Harry was just 1 year old.

- In this clip, the opposing force happens to be the character known as Voldemort.
Note that the antagonist is not always "the bad guy." For a character to be labeled an antagonist, he/she simply creates conflict and sparks a change in the life of the protagonist.
In that same way, the protagonist is not always "the good guy." Your protagonist is the leading character or major character who is faced with the conflict.
This type of conflict has the main character in conflict with a larger group. The larger group can be

a whole community
Example: Katniss vs The Capitol

the set beliefs of a culture (social
A Disney example: In the movie Aladdin Jasmine's father believes that her husband should be chosen for her. She disagreed with this cultural norm.

The protagonist is in conflict with nature.
Examples of nature as an antagonist:
freezing temperatures
the ocean
wild animals
extreme heat
a blizzard
This is the only internal conflict (all others are external). In character vs self, the protagonist struggles with making a choice or coming to a decision.
The CLIMAX is the TURNING POINT of the story.
It is the moment in a play, novel,short story, or narrative poem, when the protagonist FINALLY figures out how to solve their problem or takes the last step to achieve their goal.
The audience is at the edge of their seat. We wonder, will they make it? Will they survive? OHHHH NOOOO!

This is also the moment when TV shows end their seasons- CLIFF HANGER! The viewer is left to wonder for an entire summer the fate of the protagonist... how annoying!
We learn the outcome of the climax.
The purpose of the resolution is to tie up ALL loose ends.

The resolution
leave a single strong impression of finality on the reader.
In this trailer, we see some of the major Rising Action events along Percy's journey to solve his problem.
(He needs to retrieve the missing lightning bolt to save his mom)
And here is the CLIMAX from

Will Anna get to Kristoff in time to save her own life?

The tension builds as Ana fights for her life, stumbling toward her true love, knowing that only "an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart."

She stumbles, barely holding on, only to discover her sister, Elsa, is being targeted by the evil Hans.
As Hans draws his sword, about to strike, Anna is faced with a difficult choice: save herself by reaching Kristoff, or save her sister and lose her own life.

If the clip stopped before you found out the outcome, that would have been the true climax... and a cliff hanger.

Because you find out that Anna chooses to save Elsa, you also know a major event in the falling action.
We know for sure that the battle between GOOD and EVIL is over.
The magical world is safe- Voldemort has been defeated once and for all.

Years later, we learn
Harry marries Ginny Weasly
Hermione marries Ron.
All characters have families
A new generation of children are set to start at Hogwarts.
And Gru? In
Despicable Me
's resolution, Gru has found what makes him truly happy, his villainous ways are done, and his daddy dearest days have begun. We can rest assured that he will be a fine upstanding father.

What is the author's message to us? The reader, the viewer, the listener?

The idea or notion about life that we can apply to our own lie is the theme.

In the case of Despicable Me, we learn that people can change when they are shown love, kindness, and acceptance.
The Basic Plot Line

Please take notes as you work through this presentation. THis should be a thorough
of what you already know.
The protagonist is in conflict with something 'not of this world'
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