Identifying the Elements of Plot. What is Plot?. Plot is the sequence of events in a literary work. All fiction works follow the same plot sequence. PLOT SEQUENCE. EXPOSITION RISING ACTION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION RESOLUTION. PLOT DIAGRAM. 3. 4. 2. 5. 1.
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In order to analyze literature, you should become familiar with the plot sequence and what ingredients go into each step.
The introduction of characters, setting, and the basic situation.
The conflict begins to get more complicated and interesting by adding complications that lead to the climax.
This is the highest point of action or interest. A moment of great emotional intensity or suspense in a plot.
This is the action that is a result of the climax.
2. Rising Action
4. Falling Action
Fiction stories always follow the predictable pattern of a plot.
Exposition: characters, setting, conflict
Rising Action: conflict continues to worsen
Climax: character attacks conflict because of event/decision
Falling Action: result of the climax
Resolution: problem is resolved and story ends