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PLOT
Aristotle beleived that plot was the most important characteristic in writing. There must be a clear relationship of causality among the events
EXPOSITION
the process by which background information is given; a "stable" situation is introduced
COMPLICATION
is the catalyst (causes a change), either external or internal that brings about the major CONFLICT and disturbs the "stable" situation
CONFLICT
is the struggle that grows out of the interplay between two opposing forces, at least one of whom is a human being. There are four kinds: PERSON v NAUTRE; PERSON v SOCIETY; PERSON v PERSON; PERSON v OPPOSING FORCE WITHIN
RISING ACTION
once the CONFLICT is established, this continues to build up tension within the story until the moment of crisis
CLIMAX
this is the central moment of crisis; a turning point in the story where the character decides to do something to resolve the conflict
FALLING ACTION
everything that happens after the climax; it is the lessening of tension as the conflict is resolved
EPIPHANY
a moment of spiritual or pshychological insight or awakening
DENOUEMENT/RESOLUTION
this is brought about from the FALLING ACTION; this is the release of tension built from the onset of the conflict, establishing another "stable" situation. This can be closed with all loose ends tied or open and not so clear
UNIFIED
a plot can be ___ when the action takes place continously within a single day
EPISODIC
a plot can be ___ when the story takes place over a longer period of time with transitioning from scene to scene, but still having unity between the scenes
FORESHADOWING
provides hints as what is to come; we usually dont notice until we look back after we have finished the book