Elements of Plot

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Identifying the Elements of a Plot Diagram : 

Identifying the Elements of a Plot Diagram


WHAT IS A PLOT? Sequence of events that make up a story Arranged in such a manner to show cause and effect To present situations and characters to create interesting circumstances that ultimately require resolution Key to an interesting and engaging story

Plot Diagram : 

Plot Diagram What are the parts of a plot? A PLOT DIAGRAM shows how the main events in a short story (film, novel, etc.) are organized into a plot.

Exposition : 

Exposition Introduction of characters Setting Mood, atmosphere Antecedent action (action that occurs before the events of the story which are important to the story)

Inciting Incident : 

Inciting Incident First indication of conflict that begins the story This is where the story changes from being just a typical day to something out of the ordinary

Rising Action : 

Rising Action Largest part of the story Creation of tension and suspense A series of mini-climaxes Leads to the climax

Climax : 

Climax The highest point of tension in the story The protagonist (main character) and the antagonist (force opposing the main character) meet in the final conflict

Falling Action : 

Falling Action Anything that takes place as a result of the climax The antagonist may perform a function as a result of the climax

Resolution/Dénouement : 

Resolution/Dénouement The final result The end or the outcome of the story How did the lives of the characters change? What did the story accomplish? No resolution means the story is a ‘cliff hanger’


CONCLUSION Why did the author arrange the story elements the way s/he did? How does s/he control our emotional response and prepare us for reversals or surprises?

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