What are the 5 stages of plot in Lyddie?  ex: Rising Action, Turning Point, Climax, Falling Action, & Conclusion

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The question mentions the five stages of plot; however, I would like to point out that the five stages of plot are typically exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion. The question doesn't include exposition. Instead, it includes "turning point." The turning point is often synonymous for climax.

The exposition of a story is the story's introduction. It introduces major characters and setting. In Lyddie, readers are introduced to Lyddie right away. We see her defending her family and her home from an inquisitive bear. The story's exposition does a great job of showing readers that Lyddie is an incredibly strong leading character. She's brave and quite capable. As for the setting, Lyddie lives in Vermont during the Industrial Revolution.

Any story's rising action is generally comprised of more than a single event. That's true in Lyddie. There are many rising actions. Lyddie's family sells the farm, and she is forced to work at Cutler's Tavern. She gets fired and decides to become a factory girl. She helps the carriage get unstuck. Once in Lowell, she gets a job and is overwhelmed at the speed and noise of the machines. She eventually becomes one of the factory's top producing girls all while fending off her boss's sexual advances. Lyddie gets injured while on the job, and she is forced to train new working girls.

Lyddie's standing up to her boss for the sake of another girl in the factory is what leads to the story's climax. The climax is Lyddie standing up to Mr. Marsden's sexual advances toward another factory girl and subsequently being fired.

The falling actions of this particular story go quite quickly. Lyddie is blacklisted from the factories, she visits a bunch of people including Diana and Mr. Marsden. Next she returns to Vermont where she is proposed to by Luke.

The story's conclusion is Lyddie's answer. She does not agree to marry him right away, but she does want him to wait for her. Lyddie's primary goal and plan is to go to college. She will then likely return home to marry Luke.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The exposition of a story is the beginning, where the characters and setting are introduced.  In the beginning of this story, we meet the main and title character Lyddie.  Lyddie is a strong, confident woman but her family is very poor and she is not educated.  The setting is the Industrial North in the mid-19th century, although in the beginning of the story Lyddie is in Vermont.

The rising action of a story is the events that begin to complicate the plot.  In this case, Lyddie leaves the farm and goes to the big city to work in a factory.  There she learns how things work and befriends a factory worker, Diana Goss, who is an activist who wants to reform the factory to get better working conditions for the girls.

The climax occurs when Lyddie is fired from her job for standing up to her boss.  She does not understand what he means when he accuses her of moral turpitude (immorality), so the usually fiery Lyddie cannot defend herself.  Since she is not given a certificate of honorable discharge, she cannot get another job.

In the falling action, Lyddie learns the meaning of moral turpitude and is horrified.  She confronts her old boss and looks up her old friend Diana Goss, but she accomplishes nothing so she returns home to Vermont dejected.

The resolution occurs when Lyddie returns home and sees Luke, an old friend.  She tells him she is planning to go to college.  She also plans to marry him.

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