Plot Structure in Short Stories PLOT – the series of related events that make up a story -- Plot is what happens in a story
Plot Pyramid This is the plot pyramid we will use for this class.
Plot Components Exposition: the start of the story, the situation before the action starts, characters, setting, background information Rising Action: the series of conflicts and crisis in the story that lead to the climax, Suspense builds Climax: the turning point, the most intense moment—either mentally or in action Falling Action: all of the action which follows the climax Resolution: the conclusion, the tying together of all of the threads. Problems are solved
the struggle between two forces in a story.
Without conflict, there is no plot.
The action or struggle
Struggle that takes place within a character’s mind
Needs, desires, emotions
When a character struggles against some outside force