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  • 1. o t P l What Is Plot? ConflictFeature Plot Structure ForeshadowingMenu Practice
  • 2. What Is Plot?Plot is the series of relatedevents that make up a storyor drama.• Like links in a chain, each event hooks our curiosity and pulls us forward to the next event. [End of Section]
  • 3. ConflictConflict is the struggle or clashbetween opposing characters orforces. Conflicts may be external: firefighter vs. fire or internal: firefighter vs. his or her fear
  • 4. ConflictAn external conflict may be a struggle between• two characters• a character and a group• a character and something nonhuman
  • 5. ConflictAn internal conflict is a struggle that takes placewithin a character’s mind or heart. • Characters struggle with themselves to make decisions.
  • 6. ConflictQuick CheckRainsford knew he could do one of two Is this anthings. He could stay where he was external orand wait. That was suicide. He could internal conflict?flee. That was postponing theinevitable. For a moment he stoodthere, thinking. An idea that held awild chance came to him, and,tightening his belt, he headed awayfrom the swamp. from “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell [End of Section]
  • 7. ConflictQuick CheckRainsford knew he could do one of two Is this anthings. He could stay where he was external orand wait. That was suicide. He could internal conflict?flee. That was postponing theinevitable. For a moment he stood Internal conflictthere, thinking. An idea that held awild chance came to him, and,tightening his belt, he headed awayfrom the swamp. from “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
  • 8. Plot StructurePlots are usually built in four major parts. ClimaxConflicting XEvents/Complications X Resolution XX XBasic Situation/ExpositionSetting: Where and When
  • 9. Plot Structure1 Basic situation, or exposition• opening of the story• characters and their conflicts are introduced Paul wants to go to an out-of-state university, but his family can only afford to pay the tuition at a local college.
  • 10. Plot Structure2 Conflicting Events/Complication• The main character takes action but encounters more problems or complications. Paul goes to work on a nearby farm to earn extra money. There, he meets Miranda, and the two start dating.
  • 11. Plot Structure3 Climax• key scene in the story—the most tense, exciting, or terrifying moment• reveals the outcome of the conflict Paul and Miranda argue about his leaving for university. Paul must choose to stay or go.
  • 12. Plot Structure4 Resolution, or denouement• final part of the story• the conflict is resolved Paul decides to leave for university. Miranda makes plans to visit him and wishes him well. [End of Section]

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