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  • 1. What is PLOT? Comp. II Notes
  • 2. Plot can be
    • Series of events in sequential or narrative order: cause and effect
    • Conflict
    • Structure
  • 3. Narrative Order
    • What happens first in the story?
    • Is the first detail given the first detail in the narrative?
    • What are other events in the story?
  • 4. Conflict
    • Is cause and effect in a story
    • Motivation and causation
    • Nothing is irrelevant or accidental;
    • Everything is related and causative
  • 5. Think of Conflict as…
    • Controlling impulse in a connected pattern of causes and effects.
    • Conflict causes characters to
      • Decide
      • Act
      • Respond
      • Interact
  • 6. Conflict can be…
    • Internal
    • External
  • 7. How is External Conflict revealed?
    • Character vs. character
      • Anger, hatred, envy, argument, avoidance, gossip, lies, fighting, etc.
    • Character vs. Nature
    • Character vs. Society
  • 8. How is Internal Conflict Revealed?
    • Character vs. Himself
      • Curiosity, choice, doubt
  • 9. Conflict shows…
    • The doubt, the tension, thus creates the interest in the story.
  • 10. Plot and conflict = good story
    • Plot—cause and effect
    • Conflict—interest—What will happen to these people?
  • 11. Plot as…Structure
    • Arrangement of the story and the purpose for that arrangement
  • 12. Think of arrangement as …
    • Placement,
    • balance,
    • recurring themes,
    • true and misleading conclusions,
    • suspense,
    • models such as reports, letters, conversation or confession.
  • 13. Structure can be…
    • Formal
    • Informal (actual)
  • 14. Formal structure
    • Exposition
    • Complication (Rising Action)
    • Crisis (Climax/Turning Point)
    • Falling Action
    • Resolution (Denouement)
  • 15. Exposition
    • Main characters, their backgrounds, characteristics, interests, goals, limitations, potentials and basic assumptions are introduced.
    • Exposition can be found at the beginning of the work or anywhere else.
  • 16. Complication
    • The development of the conflict
  • 17. Crisis
    • Part of the action where conflict reaches its greatest tension.
    • A decision or action to resolve the conflict is undertaken
    • Curiosity, uncertainty and tension the greatest
  • 18. Climax
    • Consequence of the crisis
    • High point
    • Decision, action, affirmation or denial, illumination or realization
    • No new major developments follow this
  • 19. Resolution
    • Untying
    • Completing of the story
  • 20. Actual structure/Informal
    • Flashback
    • Selective recollection
    • Ceremony
    • Fragments of Conversation
    • Delirium
    • Dream
    • Geography