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Plot, as the sequence of events, can be structured in different ways. For example, flashback can be used to propel the narrative in a different direction.
Nonetheless, plot contains 1. an exposition in which character and setting are introduced 2. the rising action in which conflict(s) develops. 3. the climax, that is, the point of highest emotional intensity (e.g. the fight scene in a movie) 4. falling action in which conflicts come to nearly an end 5. the denouement, or resolution of conflicts(s).
Plot is a literary term defined as the events that make up a story, particularly as they relate to one another in a pattern, in a sequence, through cause and effect, how the reader views the story, or simply by coincidence.
Plot tells us what the whole story is going to be about
The plot tells the reader what the story is about.
The plot of a short story (or really any story at all, even the story your friend tells you over lunch) is the happenings or going-ons included in the story. We've all been told that a story has a beginning, middle, and end, and this is exactly what the plot is. Written works have a lot of extra fluff used to embellish the plot, many of which we study in a traditional English classroom, such as figurative language. However, if you take away all of the elaborate imagery and complex metaphors and are left with a series of basic sentences like "She walked to the door. He was waiting for her outside the door. They went to school together.", this gives you a good idea of the plot of the story.
The plot is the problem and the series of events that the story revolves around. It's the storyline.
The plot of a story is basically the events that take place in the story. A short definition would be plot = storyline
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