I need to assemble the plot diagram of Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O." What could I include in the  short description for each part?—Should the rising action be broken down into smaller parts?

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For the plot diagram, refer to Freytag's pyramid. This separates the parts of the plot development.

Under Freytag's pyramid, the plot of a story consists of five parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and revelation...

For the diagram, I would make sure I understood each part of the plot development. The exposition introduces the characters. The rising action presents the conflict, and shows an increase in the energy and/or the excitement the plot is moving toward. When the plot development arrives "at this destination," the climax is identified by the growing intensity of the action—or the turning point. (However, the climax may be at the very end, leaving little or no time for resolution: see O'Flaherty's "The Sniper" or Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game.") The resolution ties off loose ends and answers any remaining questions.

For Eudora Welty 's "Why I Live at the P.O.," I would include the author's introduction of the characters. They are certainly unusual, with...

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