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What is the plot of "Luck?"

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giwonkim | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:06 PM via web

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What is the plot of "Luck?"

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:09 PM (Answer #1)

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The story moves forward in fairly easy order. The exposition is in paragraphs 1–9; the complication in paragraphs 10–13; the crisis in paragraph 14. The climax occurs in paragraph 14, when Scoresby’s blundering charge breaks the Russian ranks. The resolution (paragraphs 15, 16) emphasizes "the best thing . . . that can befall a man is to be born lucky." In this way Twain ties together both the title and the resolution of the story. Because there are two narrators, you might wish your class to consider their characteristics. The first narrator is fairly straightforward and not particularly noteworthy, while the second is much more conversational in manner and denunciatory in tone. He is more of an individual.

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