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Plot in a novel refers to the events that make up the basic storyline. Typically (though not always), a plot line is chronological and moves through each of the following phases:
- Exposition: background information and conflict
- Rising Action: events which lead to the climax
- Climax: the highest point of action in the story
- Resolution: the solution to the problem or conflict
In a novel of this size, there can be several conflicts, which create several plot lines. In order to answer this question, you should choose one conflict and identify a quote or two for each of the above phases of the plot line. To help get you started, here are some ideas for each:
- Exposition (chapter 1): any background information about the Finches, Maycomb, or the trial (which is one of the main conflicts).
- Rising Action: events building up to the trial--the mob scene in Chapter 15; details of the trial in Chapters 16-20
- Climax: the verdict at the end of Chapter 21; another climax occurs at the end of the story with the attack on the children in Chapter 28 as a culmination to Bob Ewell's hatred of Atticus.
- Resolution: events following the trial--gifts of thanks to Atticus in Chapter 22 or the final scenes of the novel following the attack.
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