Plot The main events of a story are called the plot. Plot is also the order in which the author puts the events in a story. There are usually five parts in the plot. Exposition • Exposition The exposition, or beginning, of the plot is usually the first thing that we read in a story. It introduces the characters and the setting in which the story takes place. Conflict • Conflict The conflict of the plot basically outlines the problem or obstacle that the characters must overcome. Rising Action Rising Action The rising action of the plot occurs after the conflict has been introduced. It usually includes details about what the character does after realizing what his/her obstacles are. Climax Climax The climax occurs right after the rising action. It is the part in the story that the most exciting and interesting action takes place. It is also where the character directly confronts the conflict in the story. Resolution Resolution The resolution comes right after the climax. It explains how the conflict is resolved and what happens to the characters after the story ends. Subplot A subplot is composed of secondary events of a literary work. It is a secondary plot subordinate to the main plot of a fiction or drama. The subplot of a story involves a secondary conflict often occurring at the same time as the main plot. Parallel Episode A parallel episode is a situation that occurs at the same time and mirrors the main plot. Examples of parallel episodes include a mad scientist frantically trying to bring a corpse to life while his faithful assistant tries to revive a dead ivy plant that he had been caring for or the knights of a kingdom battling a fierce dragon while the peasants of the village fight a corrupt king who has been wreaking havoc on their community.
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