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Plot Diagram

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Transcript of Plot Diagram

Plot Diagram &
Story Elements

Exposition
The beginning of the story where the author introduces the characters, the setting, and any background info.
Rising Actions
Events that occur during the story that move the plot along. During this time, the CONFLICT is usually revealed.
Climax
The turning point of the story; the point of highest action or drama.
Falling
Actions
The actions that occur before the resolution as a result of the turning point.
Resolution
The part of the story when the conflict is resolved.
Conflict:
The PROBLEM or STRUGGLE in the story. The conflict can be INTERNAL or EXTERNAL and can also be defined by one of the following:
Person vs. Self
Person vs. Person
Person vs. Society
Person vs. Nature
Person vs. Fate
Characterization:
The process in which a character's personality is revealed.
Characterization can be DIRECT or INDIRECT.
S (speech)
T (thoughts)
E (effect on others)
A (actions)
L (looks)

Protagonist:
Antagonist:
The main character of a story; moves the plot forward
The force OR the character that works against the main character
Example:
Harry Potter
Example:
Voldemort
Characters
1. Static Character
A character who shows NO internal change throughout the story
2. Dynamic Character
A character who
DOES undergo an internal
change by the end of a story
Direct characterization
is when the author TELLS the audience what the character's personality is.
Example:
Joey is very athletic.
Indirect characterization
is when the author SHOWS things that reveal the personality of a character.
Example:
Joey skillfully runs the ball down the field for a goal.
Theme:
Underlying idea or message of a story
Motif:
Recurring elements in a story
Symbol:
A physical object that represents a larger idea
Hunger
Games
Example:
=
Rebellion against the Capitol
Hunger Games
Example: Hunting
Hunger Games
Example: Extreme inequality between the rich and the poor
Remember: A story may contain more than one conflict
Setting:
WHERE and WHEN the story takes place
Role of Time
Time can range from century to year to season to exact minute
Location
The physical space of a story impacts plot, mood, and atmosphere
Point
of View
1. First Person - I, me, us, we, our

2. Second Person - YOU

3. Third Person Limited Omniscient - He, she, they


4. Third Person Omniscient - He, she, they
Experience the story through narrator's eyes
Puts reader into a hypothetical conversation
Separate observer with access to ONLY one character's thoughts
Separate observer with access to multiple characters' thoughts
Foreshadowing
Author's clues that hint at what will happen later
Mood
Reader's emotional reaction to the story
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