What Is the Definition of Plot Structure?

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Plot structure is the sequence of events in a story. It includes the setting, characters, conflict, action and resolution of the story.

Setting: The setting is when and where the story takes place.

Characters: Stories are made up of major and minor characters who all play a role in resolving the plot.

Conflict: The conflict is the problem in the story. Conflicts may be internal or external.

Action: Several elements contribute to the action in a story:

  • Exposition is the beginning of the story and introduces the characters and setting.
  • Rising action occurs as the main conflict builds and tensions rise.
  • The climax is the moment of greatest tension in the story, when the conflict reaches its boiling point.
  • Falling action occurs toward the end of the story as the conflict is resolved.
  • Resolution comes at the end of the story when all the loose ends are tied up.