Identifying the Elements of a Plot Diagram : Identifying the Elements of a Plot Diagram WHAT IS A PLOT? : 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
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 : 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?