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Plot Structure

Understanding the Structure of a Story
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English La Quinta del Puente

on 30 August 2017

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Transcript of Plot Structure

What is plot?
A plot is the structure of a story.
The parts of a plot include the exposition, inciting action, rising actions, climax, falling actions, resolution, and setting.
What are the parts of a plot?
The exposition is the beginning of the story; it tells us about the characters and the setting.
What is the exposition?
How is this an exposition?
Rising actions are events related to the conflict. These move us towards the height of the problem.
What is a rising action?
How is this a rising action?
The climax of the story is the height of the conflict for the main character(s).
What is a climax?
How is this the climax of a story?
The resolution is the outcome of the climax.
What is the resolution?
How is this the resolution of the story?
Linear and Non-linear
Plots can be linear or non-linear.
What might be an advantage to having a non-linear plot?
What are falling actions?
Falling actions are events after the climax that lead towards a resolution.
How are these events falling actions?
What is the inciting action?
The inciting action is the start of the conflict; in other words, when we first notice there's a problem.
How is this an inciting action?
In other words:
the series of events that make up a story
Linear Plots:
Plot events occur in order (one after the other)
Non-Linear Plots:
Mimics how human memory works--recall events from the past, think about the future, living in the present, etc.
Characteristics:
Foreshadowing
Flashbacks
Flash-forwards
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