Tools for Analyzing Plot

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Tools for Analyzing Plot

  1. 1. Tools for Analyzing Text Plot Structure And Conflict
  2. 2. Plot Structure Components • Exposition – Sets the mood & conditions existing at the beginning of a story • Includes two important story elements:  Characters – the people who experience the events of the plot  Setting – tells the reader WHEN & WHERE a story takes place.
  3. 3. Characters • The people involved in a story – Protagonist: • the main character of a story • The character who experiences the main conflict in a story – Antagonist: • The character who opposes the protagonist. • May work against the main character.
  4. 4. Setting • The place where a story occurs • Setting can be: The geographical location (ex. Raleigh, NC) The time period (between 2000 & 2010) The socio-economic characteristics of the location (ex. Campus of NC State Un.) The specific building, room, etc. (ex. The Student Union)
  5. 5. Rising Action • Introduces the conflict or problem in a story. • Includes the series of events, conflicts, and crises in the story that leads up to the climax. • Provides progressive intensity in a story.
  6. 6. Climax • The high point of a story where the conflict changes or is resolved. • The “Turning Point” in a story. • A crucial event that takes place & from the climax forward, the protagonist moves toward his/her inevitable end.
  7. 7. Falling Action • All action events that follow the climax (high point) in a story. • The main character (Protagonist) may still more conflicts in this part of a story. • Events in this part do not really change how the story will inevitably end.
  8. 8. Resolution • How the story conflict is settled. • Where loose ends are tied up. • The hero (main character) either emerges triumphant or is defeated.
  9. 9. Conflict • The problem in a story. • The struggle between two forces in a story. • Conflict leads through a story to the climax. • Conflict can be: – Interpersonal Conflict – Human vs. Human, Human vs. Nature, or Human vs. Society. – Internal Conflict – Human vs. Self.
  10. 10. Conflict • The problem in a story. • The struggle between two forces in a story. • Conflict leads through a story to the climax. • Conflict can be: – Interpersonal Conflict – Human vs. Human, Human vs. Nature, or Human vs. Society. – Internal Conflict – Human vs. Self.

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