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What is the plot of the story?

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yttuioo | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 22, 2007 at 6:25 AM via web

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What is the plot of the story?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 26, 2011 at 3:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Plot is the central reason for a story's existence. The plot is the basis for the action of the story, the motivation behind the actions of the characters. The plot of a work of fiction usually includes the presentation of the basic situation, a series of events that are linked to the process of the characters dealing with the ramifications of the basic situation, a climactic resolution of the situation, and any events that occur as a result of the resolution. Plot in a story may parallel the presentation of the story from first page to final page or may be presented using devices such as flashbacks to mix scenes and occurrences. Presenting the action supporting the plot of a story from the viewpoints of different characters is another technique for breaking up the order of presentation of events.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 3, 2007 at 8:58 AM (Answer #2)

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Dad and Momma, as the Watson children call their parents, are determined to raise respectful, well-behaved children who make good choices and possess high moral standards. Realizing they have been unable to instill fully their standards in their oldest child, Dad and Momma decide to take By to Birmingham and leave him with his Grandma Sands, a strong woman who will bring him to his senses. They know there is some violence in the South with the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement, but have been assured by Grandma Sands that it is quiet around her.

In Birmingham, Grandma Sands meets them with arms open wide and a home filled with love for her daughter and family. By's only recollection of Grandma Sands is when he was four years old, and he has convinced Kenny and their kindergarten sister, Joetta, that she is a mean old woman. Kenny and Joetta have never met her prior to their visit in the summer of 1963, and By's description of Grandma Sands has scared Kenny. Kenny and By both take her measure and decide By can easily take this mean old woman down.

Kenny and his family have gone to Birmingham just as the violence moves into Grandma Sands neighborhood. First, Kenny nearly drowns and By saves him, then the nearby Baptist Church is bombed on Sunday morning. In the remainder of the story, Kenny must deal with his emotions that are tangled up with the "Wool Pooh" he meets first in his near drowning experience and then a second time in the bombed church.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 12, 2007 at 12:10 PM (Answer #1)

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The plot of the story is about a married couple Mary Maloney, who is six months pregnant and her policeman husband. Mary dotes on her husband and loves him so much, she waits on him hand and foot. He comes home from work one day and tells her that he is leaving her. Mary pretends it isn't happening and says she will make dinner, at which point she brings a leg of lamb out, hits her husband over the head with it, and kills him. She then cooks the lamb and serves it to the policemen who are investigating his murder. She ends up getting away with it because the policemen can't figure it out, giggling as they enjoy the murder weapon for dinner. 

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sanjiwan | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM (Answer #1)

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The plot of the story is the planning and a summary of the stroy . Writers prepare it before starting his or her writing so as to have the clear idea about what he or she is going to write.In other words ,Plot is the structure of events within a story and the causal relationship between them.

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kman123456789 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 29, 2011 at 1:53 AM (Answer #3)

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danitar | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 2, 2011 at 9:29 AM (Answer #1)

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A story's plot is what happens in the story and the order it happens. Plot is like a roadmap of a story. PLOT -- The plot is how the author arranges events to develop his basic idea;  It is the sequence of events in a story or play.  The plot is a planned, logical series of events having a beginning, middle, and end.  The short story usually has one plot so it can be read in one sitting.  There are five essential parts of plot:   a)  Introduction - The beginning of the story where the characters and the setting is revealed. b)  Rising Action - This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealed (events between the introduction and climax). c)  Climax - This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story.  The reader wonders what will happen next; will the conflict be resolved or not? d)  Falling action - The events and complications begin to resolve themselves.  The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not (events between climax and denouement). e)  Denouement - This is the final outcome or untangling of events in the story.

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