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Elements of Plot
Plot Diagram Plot- The series of events that traces a conflict in a story 3 2 1 4 5
1. Exposition l Occurs at the beginning of the story l Introduces setting and important characters l Sets up mood and conflict
2. Rising Action l Conflict develops l Complications arise l The plot thickens
3. Climax l Point of maximum interest or tension. l Turning point in the story.
4. Falling Action l Results of the action l Tension eases
5. Resolution l Final outcome of the story l Ties up any loose ends
Putting It All Together 1. Exposition 2. Rising Action 3. Climax 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle of Story End of Story
Setting The time and place of the story
Conflict • Conflict- struggles or problems between opposing forces • Internal- Conflict within a character • Man vs self • External- Conflict with others and nature • Man vs man • Man vs nature
Characters • Protagonist- the main character in a work of literature, who is involved in the central conflict of the story • Antagonist- the character in direct conflict with the main character in story. • *Stop Here
Cinderella Let’s discuss some of the plot elements in the fairy tale Cinderella!
Setting l The story takes place a long time ago in a land ruled by a king and a queen.
Characters l Major characters are Cinderella and her step-mother. l Minor Characters include: the stepsisters, the fairy godmother and the prince. l Protagonist: Cinderella l Antagonist: the step mother
Main Conflict in “Cinderella” l Problem: Cinderella wants to go to the ball, but her stepmother prevents her from going by giving her more chores than she can complete. l Conflict: The conflict is external—Cinderella versus her step mother. Man vs man conflict.
Cinderella: Plot Diagram Setting: In a kingdom, a long time ago. 1. Cinderella wanted to go the ball but her step mother wouldn’t allow her to go so her fairy god mother comes to help her 2. Cinderella does not have a dress to wear to the ball. 4. A fairy godmother appears and provides Cinderella with clothes, a coach, and footman. 3. The stepsisters go to the ball. 6. Cinderella dances with the prince, but leaves hurriedly at midnight; losing a slipper 5. Cinderella goes to the ball. 8. The stepsisters try to force their feet into the slipper. It fits Cinderella. 7, The prince says he will marry the woman whom the slipper fits. • 9. Cinderella and the prince marry. • 10. The step sisters and stepmother live at the palace with Cinderella. 11. They lived happily ever after.