Analyzing Plot Diagrams
A plot diagram is a tool that is commonly used to organize a story into certain segments. Once the parts of the plot diagram are identified, it is easier to analyze the content. A plot diagram also gives a common framework for analyzing and understanding written prose.
- The exposition or the introduction introduces the characters, describes the setting and establishes the problem in the story.
- The rising action is where the suspense builds and the problem gets worse and becomes more complicated. There are often multiple steps or parts in the rising action.
- The climax is the turning point in the story. It is usually the most exciting part in the story and the part that makes the reader want to keep reading.
- The falling action is the events that happen after the climax that lead to a resolution or ending to the story.
- The resolution is the outcome of the story. It is how things end up or turn out for the characters.