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Plot Peak. Climax. n. o. i. t. F. c. a. l. A. l. i. n. g. g. n. A. i. c. s. t. i. i. o. R. n. Resolution/ Denouement. Exposition/ Introduction. The Setting. The setting is where and when the story takes place

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Plot Peak

Climax

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Resolution/

Denouement

Exposition/

Introduction


The setting
The Setting

  • The setting is where and when the story takes place

    • General Setting – Time period, geographic area, level of realism

    • Specific Setting – An office, an apartment, a spaceship


Characters
Characters

  • Characters are the people, animals, or things that the story is about

    • Main Character – the primary and most important characters in the story; these characters are affected by the story

    • Supporting characters – characters who have smaller parts; these characters affect the story


Characters continued
Characters, continued

  • Protagonist – The “good guy,” the hero, the main character (usually the one we ‘root’ for)

  • Antagonist – The “bad guy,” the person who stands in the way of the protagonist


Point of view
Point of View

  • From what perspective is the story told?

    • First person – POV of the main character, uses “I”

    • Second person – POV of the reader, uses “you”

    • Third person – POV of an outside observer, uses “he” & “she”

      • Limited – the observer can only “see” what happens

      • Omniscient – the observer knows the characters’ thoughts, can “see” inside their heads


Plot

  • The plot of the story is what happens in the story

  • Almost every plot is based on a conflict

    • Person vs. Person

    • Person vs. Self

    • Person vs. Nature

    • Person vs. Society


The plot curve
The Plot Curve

  • Exposition – Beginning of the story; characters are introduced, setting is established, tone and mood are set

  • Rising Action – The conflict begins; the protagonist works towards settling the conflict

  • Climax – The pinnacle of the story; the protagonist solves the conflict (or doesn’t)


Plot curve continued
Plot Curve, continued

  • Falling Action – The specifics of the climax play out; what happens as a result of the climax

  • Resolution (Denouement) – Loose ends are wrapped up; the reader sees the new and changed protagonist; life goes on


Tone mood theme
Tone, Mood, Theme

  • Tone – The attitude of the author toward the story – sarcastic, anger, affection, approval, disapproval

  • Mood – The emotion of the story – happy, sad, depressing, tragic

  • Theme – The “moral” of the story – what message does the story send?


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