Plot Structure

January 23, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Arts & Humanities, Performing Arts, Drama
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Plot Structure

Need to Know Info • Protagonist: The main character, an average or better person, who experience happiness or misery • Antagonist: The person or force opposing the protagonist • Atmosphere: The environment of the play • Plot: Series of events in the play that happen before the audience • Exposition: The “who, what, where, when” of the play, and how it is made known to the audience

Preliminary Situation • Also known as the antecedent action • The events that have occurred in the character’s lives before the play began • How did they get to this situation?

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Initial Incident • The first important event from which the rest of the plot develops • The event that causes all the other events to occur

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Rising Action • The series of events that follows the initial incident • All important characters are introduced • Goals and obstacles are introduced • This is the “meat” of the play

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Climax • The turning point of the play • It determines the outcome of the play • All the questions are answered

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Falling Action • Series of events following the play • Minor situations are worked out • We learn what will happen to the characters • Shorter than the rising action

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Conclusion • The logical outcome of the play • The success or failures of the characters

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