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Analyzing plot structure

  1. 1. Today's Goal:   Analyze the plot and dramatic structure of a play Theater Appreciation Tara Smith, NCVPS Instructor
  2. 2. Every story has a beginning, middle, and end.
  3. 3. Aristotle
  4. 4. Freytag’s Pyramid Freytag’s Pyramid uses a five-part system to describe a story’s plot.  
  5. 5. Modified Freytag Pyramid Freytag’s Pyramid is often modified so that it extends slightly before and after the primary rising and falling action.
  6. 6. Assignment: <ul><li>Read Nobody Famous by D.M. Larson & Complete a Plot Structure Diagram based off the script. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Exposition Introduction of characters and setting, providing description and background. The way things are before the action starts.
  8. 8. Inciting incident A single event usually signals the beginning of the main conflict. The inciting incident is sometimes called the complication.
  9. 9. Rising Action A series of events created by conflict, crisis, leading up to the climax.
  10. 10. Climax The moment of greatest tension in a story; the turning point.
  11. 11. Falling Action Events that occur as a result of the climax and to resolution.
  12. 12. Resolution The main character solves the main problem/conflict, or someone solves it for him or her.
  13. 13. Dénouement A French term, pronounced: day-noo-moh-- the ending . Secrets, questions or mysteries are solved by the characters or explained by the playwright. 

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