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Plot Elements

TermDefinition
Exposition A fancy word for the beginning of the story. Introduces main characters, setting, and conflict
Setting Where AND when the story takes place
Main Character The main people affected by the conflict. They try to solve the conflict.
Inciting Incident The event or decision that begins a story's conflict
Conflict The main problem that the character faces.
External Conflict A problem caused by an outside force
Internal Conflict A problem caused within a character--in his/her thoughts or mind
Rising Action The attempts the character makes to solve the conflict. They usually make it worse, which fills the story with suspense. Contains a pattern such as try to solve, fail; try to solve, fail; try to solve, fail.
Climax The turning point in the story. It changes the "pattern" established in the rising action. Leads to the solution of the conflict.
Falling Action When the character takes steps to solve the conflict. Leads to the resolution.
Resolution The conflict is resolved and the theme is communicated to the reader.
Does the conflict always have to be solved in a story? No! The author can leave the reader hanging or can lead the reader to infer the ending.
What are different ways an author can create an exposition? Establish a vivid image, introduce the conflict, begin with mysterious information, begin with meaningful dialogue, information from the narrator, a thought shot from the mind of a character
Created by: MissPurcell