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What is rising action?

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changeme09 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM via web

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What is rising action?

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chicagorilke23 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted December 2, 2009 at 3:39 PM (Answer #1)

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Rising action is characteristic of dramatic fiction and narrative fiction. It is an element of plot structure in literature. It guides the reader from the beginning of the story to its climax. The rising action encompasses the events of the story that take place before the climax. Falling action is what happens after the climax.

To help many in mapping out the elements of plot structure like rising action, a diagram is often drawn. The diagram is often of a pyramid. The rising action is on the left of the pyramid. At the top of the pyramid, one finds the climax. The right side of the pyramid is the falling action.

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 2, 2009 at 11:11 PM (Answer #2)

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Gustav Freytag (1816-1895) while analysing the structure of ancient Greek drama visualized the plot of ancient Greek tragedies in the form of  a pyramid with five parts:

1. the exposition or the initial incident

2. the rising action

3. the crisis

4. the falling action

5. the end or the denouement

The rising action is that section of the plot of a play or a novel which acts as a link or a bridge between the beginning of the plot and the crisis.

It is in this section that the complication in the plot sets in.

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