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Eleven By Sandra Cisneros- Plot Diagram
Transcript of Eleven By Sandra Cisneros- Plot Diagram
The Exposition took place in a 5th or 6th grade classroom in modern/present day. The Protagonist, Rachel, was introduced and you also were introduced to the mean school teacher, Mrs. Price. The mood of the story was very suspenseful and you felt anxious for Rachel. The reader felt afraid Rachel was going to fall apart. The author built up the reader’s stress and had them at the edge of their seat.
The Inciting Incident is when Mrs. Price placed the ugly, red sweater on Rachel’s desk and Rachel sat there speechless. Rachel wished that she was older and more experienced, so she would know what to say. On page 1, paragraph 5, it stated, “ Today I wish I was one hundred and two instead of eleven because if I was one hundred and two I’d have known what to say when Mrs. Price put the red sweater on my desk.” This quote triggered Rachel’s problem of holding back her feelings.
The Rising Action occurred when the author slowly hinted at Rachel about to break down and let her emotions out. On page 1, paragraph 12, it stated, “I don’t know why, but all of a sudden I’m feeling sick inside, like the part of me that’s three wants to come out of my eyes, only I squeeze them shut tight and bite down on my teeth real hard and try to remember today I am eleven, eleven.” When Rachel said this, the author indicated that Rachel felt very jittery about the sticky situation and hesitated to let her emotions out.
The Climax occurred when Rachel finally snapped and all of her emotions came rolling out. On page 2, paragraph 7, it stated, “That’s when everything I’ve been holding in since this morning, since when Mrs. Price put the sweater on my desk, finally lets go, and all of a sudden I’m crying in front of everybody.” When she cried, Rachel released her emotions and then her problem of holding back was resolved.
The Falling Action occurred when Phyllis Lopez confessed that the red sweater actually belonged to her and Rachel immediately gave the horrid sweater back to Phyllis. This is the Falling Action because it is the event that followed after Rachel’s breakdown (The Climax.)
The Resolution/Denouement occurred when Rachel admitted that her special birthday was ruined by the anxious filled day. She believed it was too late to have a "happy birthday,” and wished that the day was long gone so no one would be able to remember her crying in front of the whole class on her birthday. This is the Resolution/Denouement because it concluded how Rachel felt depressed about her birthday and tied up the loose ends in the story.