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plot

the way the author sequences and paces events so as to shape our response and interpretation

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action

the events recounted in a fictional work

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sequence

ordering of action in a story

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in medias res

when a story is opened in the middle of an action, then filling in past details by means of exposition and/or flashback

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foreshadowing

a hint or clue about what will happen later on in the story

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subplot

a less significant plot in a work of fiction of drama

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pacing

the duration of particular episodes

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discriminated occasion

a specific moment portrayed in a fictional work

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conflict

a struggle between opposing forces

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external conflict

when the conflict pits a character against something or someone outside of him/herself

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internal conflict

when the forces in a conflict are two drives, impulses or parts of a character

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exposition

first part of plot that sets the scene, introduces characters and the situation at the beginning of a work

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rising action

second part of plot in which events complicate the initial situation, intensifying the initial conflict or introducing a new one

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climax/turning point

third part of plot when the action stops rising and starts falling

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falling action

fourth part of plot, in which the conflict moves towards revolution

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conclusion/resolution

fifth part of plot, initial situation becomes stable and conflict is resolved

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crisis

in plot, the moment when the conflict comes to a head

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deus ex machina

an unprepared for plot shift in a literary work, that resolves the conflict