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Elements of Plot. Mrs. Snyder August 27, 2014. Plot is the literary element that describes the structure of a story. It shows an arrangement of events and actions within a story. Types of linear plots (line plots): Chronological order (first, next, then, last) Flashback

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elements of plot

Elements of Plot

Mrs. Snyder

August 27, 2014

what is plot

Plot is the literary element that describes the structure of a story. It shows an arrangement of events and actions within a story.

  • Types of linear plots (line plots):
    • Chronological order (first, next, then, last)
    • Flashback
    • In media res (in the middle of things)
What is Plot?
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Exposition (introduction): the start of the story; the situation before the action starts.

  • Rising Action: the series of conflicts and crisis in the story that lead to the climax.
  • Climax: the turning point; major conflicts erupt in some kind of final showdown (fight, argument, violent or physical action, very tense emotional moment, etc.); at the end of the climax, the “winner” will be clear (but there is not always a winner).
Elements of Plot
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4. Falling Action: all the action that follows the climax; a kind of “cleaning up”.

5. Resolution: the conclusion; tying together of all the threads; the “happily ever after” in fairy tales.

Elements of Plot Continued
setting

The time and place that a story happens is called setting.

    • Example: The setting of Family Guy is modern day in Quahog, Rhode Island.
Setting
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Mood is the feeling you get from reading a piece of literature.

    • Example: the mood of many stories about the witches in Salem is dark and eerie. Why?
Mood
character

A Protagonist is the leading character, hero, or one of the major characters in a fictional text, who is involved in a competition, conflict, or cause.

    • Example: Homer Simpson, Batman, Peter Griffin
Character
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An Antagonist is a character who acts against or opposes the Protagonist, and often causes conflict.

    • Example: Ned Flanders, Bane, Stewie Griffin
Character
conflict

Conflict is a dramatic struggle between two forces in the story. Without conflict, there is no plot. The conflict usually arises in the rising action.

Conflict
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External Conflict: a conflict or struggle that happens outside of the character.

    • man vs. man
    • man vs. nature
    • man vs. society
Types of Conflict
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2. Internal conflict: a conflict or struggle that happens within the character’s mind or heart.

a. man vs. self

Types of Conflict