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Plot and Conflict
Plot
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A sequence of
events, causally
related
What happens in
the story
Plot Arrangement
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Chronological
– (ab ovo —at the beginning)—1st event happens
first, etc
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In media res
– The story begins in the middle of the action
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Episodic
– Short plots occurring one after the other
Plot Sub-Arrangements
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Flashback
– Past events are experienced as a memory
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Foreshadowing
– Suggesting, indicating, hinting or showing what
will happen later in a story
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Anastrophe
– Sequence of events chopped into segments
and then scrambled
Plot Structure
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Exposition
– Background
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Rising action
– Complication
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Crisis
– Moment of highest tension or indecision in primary
conflict
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Climax
– Resolution of the crisis; rest of action inevitable
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Resolution/denouement
– Tying up of loose ends
What is Conflict?
A clash between opposing forces, usually
forcing the main character into a
dilemma.
Four Types of Conflict
(1) Individual Conflict:
One person in
opposition with
another
Typically the simplest
and least interesting
kind of conflict
Types of Conflict
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(2) Social conflict:
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one person vs. a larger
group;
Almost always present
and significant
Types of Conflict
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(3) Natural conflict
– Typically, this kind of
conflict involves some
form of nature;
– Depending on one’s
perspective, it could
be a conflict with
God.
Types of Conflict
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Of all the gin joints
We’ll always have Paris
(4) Self:
– A person in
conflict with
himself;
– Generally, the most
interesting and
significant when it
is present;
– Often the person
in conflict doesn’t
realize it.
How Character is viewed
through Conflict
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Protagonist
– Central character in central conflict
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Antagonist
– Whoever or whatever opposes the
protagonist
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