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Plot Peak

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

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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)

  8. 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

  9. 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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