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Flashcards in Plot Deck (14):
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Setting

The location of the narrative in time and space

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Inciting incident

The moment that introduces or establishes the conflict

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Conflict

The central struggle that drives the plot

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Rising action

The early part of the narrative, building momentum and developing the major conflict

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Climax

The moment of highest tension, at which the conflict comes to head

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Anti-climax

Occurs when the plot builds to an expected climax only to tease the reader with a frustrating nonevent

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Falling action

Also called a Denouement; where the protagonist responds to the events of the climax and the various plot elements introduced in the rising action are resolved

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Reversal

A sudden shift which sends a protagonist fortunes from good to bad, or bad to good

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Resolution

An ending which satisfactorily answered all the questions raised over the course of the plot

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Chronological plot

Events are arranged in a sequence in which they occur

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Achronological plot

Events are not arranged in the sequence in which they occur, often through the use of flashbacks or digress relating to times for the current, central conflict

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Episodic plot

A series of loosely connected events

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Non sequitur plot

More of an 'anti-plot'; defies traditional logic by presenting events without any clear sequins and characters it out any clear motivation

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Subplot

A secondary plot that is of less importance to the overall story but may serve as a point of contrast or comparison to the main plot