Raiders of the Lost Ark: Finding the Elements of Film. Brenna Valentine . Table of Contents. Stages of Plot Plot: Set Up Plot: Complicating Action Plot: Development Plot: Climax and Epilogue Dangling Causes “I hate snakes!” Marion’s Drinking Motifs The Color Red Marion’s Theme
Stages of Plot
Plot: Set Up
Plot: Complicating Action
Plot: Climax and Epilogue
“I hate snakes!”
The Color Red
Indiana Jones’ theme music
There are four stages of a plot: the set up, the complicating action, the development, and the climax and epilogue. Each of these are equally represented in length in a film. The set up establishes the characters and their goals. In the complicating action section, the protagonist is introduced to the challenge and faces a new direction. During the development stage, the characters are faced with obstacles as they try to obtain their goal. In the climax and epilogue, the story is resolved.
In the beginning of Raiders, Indiana Jones finds a snake in his seat. He reveals that he HATES snakes.
Once he’s located the Ark, Indy finds himself in a tomb filled with snakes. It has to be snakes in order to challenge him to go after the Ark, something he deeply desires.
When the audience is first introduced to Marion, we learn that she can hold her liquor. She wins a contest with a man in her bar.
This matters later in the film when she is being held hostage by Belloq. They drink a lot, but she is still sober. Marion tries to make her escape because Belloq can’t handle himself.
Sash on villians
Marion’s bright red lipstick
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Raiders of the Lost Ark. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Harrison Ford. 1981. DVD.
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