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Encyclopedia > Plot (narrative)

In literature, a plot is all the events in a story particularly rendered towards the achievement of some particular artistic or emotional effect. In other words, it's what mostly happened in the story, such as the mood, characters, setting, and conflicts occurring in a story. An intricate, complicated plot is known as an embroglio. This article is about the philosophical concept of Art. ... Look up Emotion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...



Such can be distinguished from the story or narrative that is framed by the plot. When a plot is like the pencil outline, the story is comparable to the finished painting. An example of the type of plot which follows these sorts of lines is the linear plot of development to be discerned within the pages of a Bildungsroman novel. Aristotle notes that a string of unconnected speeches, no matter how well-exhausted, will not have as much emotional impact as a series of tightly connected speeches delivered by perfect speakers. A Bildungsroman (IPA: /, German: novel of self-cultivation) is a novelistic form that concentrates on the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the protagonist usually from childhood to maturity. ... A speech is an oral message delivered in public. ...

Aristotle used the term mythos to denote plot. In literature, mythos is a traditional or recurrent narrative theme or plot structure. The description is deceptively simple, because the actions are performed by particular characters in a work and are the means by which they exhibit their moral and dispositional qualities. For other uses, see Aristotle (disambiguation). ... Morality (from the Latin manner, character, proper behavior) has three principal meanings. ... In philosophy, physiology, and psychology, a disposition is a habit, a preparation, a state of readiness, or a tendency to act in a specified way. ...

The concept of plot and the associated concept of construction of plot, emplotment, has developed considerably since Aristotle made these insightful observations. The episodic narrative tradition which Aristotle indicates has systematically been subverted over the intervening years, to the extent that the concept of beginning, middle, end are merely regarded as a conventional device when no other is at hand. An episode is to television and radio what a chapter is to a book: a part of a sequence of a body of work. ...

This is particularly true in the cinematic tradition, in which the folding and reversal of episodic narrative is now commonplace. Moreover, many writers and film directors, particularly those with a proclivity for the Modernist or other subsequent and derivative movements which emerged during or after the early 20th century, seem more concerned that plot is an encumbrance to their artistic medium than an assistance. Avant-garde novelist and critic Giorgio Manganelli said, "Personally, I'm interested in books that have a theme rather than a plot; which is not possible, or is excessively tough, to summarize." [1] This article is about motion pictures. ... For Christian theological modernism, see Liberal Christianity and Modernism (Roman Catholicism). ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... Giorgio Manganelli, (born November 11, 1922 in Milan, Italy, died May 28, 1990 in Rome) was an Italian Avant-garde novelist and critic. ...

The plot was also believed to have been a cardboard like sheet of paper used to inform actors of the Elizabethan Period of basic stage ques while in practice, and possibly even in preformances. yo! what up! From the FOSHIZELER.

Plot of historical events

Epistemological historian Paul Veyne (1971: 46-47; English trans. by Min Moore-Rinvolucri 1984: 32-33) applies the concept to real-life events, defining plot as “the fabric of history”, a system of interconnected historical facts: Theory of knowledge redirects here: for other uses, see theory of knowledge (disambiguation) According to Plato, knowledge is a subset of that which is both true and believed Epistemology or theory of knowledge is the branch of philosophy that studies the nature, methods, limitations, and validity of knowledge and belief. ... Paul Veyne, born 13 June 1930 in Aix-en-Provence, is a French archaeologist and historian, and a specialist on Ancient Rome. ... For other uses, see System (disambiguation). ...

“Facts do not exist in isolation, in the sense that the fabric of history is what we shall call a plot, a very human and not very ‘scientific’ mixture of material causes, aims, and chances--a slice of life, in short, that the historian cuts as he [sic] wills and in which facts have their objective connections and relative importance...the word plot has the advantage of reminding us that what the historian studies is as human as a play or a novel....then what are the facts worthy of rousing the interest of the historian? All depends on the plot chosen; a fact is interesting or uninteresting...in history as in the theater, to show everything is impossible--not because it would require too many pages, but because there is no elementary historical fact, no event worthy atom. If one ceases to see events in their plots, one is sucked into the abyss of the infinitesimal.”


  • Bickham, Jack M. (1993). Scene & Structure: How to Construct Fiction with Scene-by-scene Flow, Logic and Readability. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books. ISBN-10: 0-89879-551-6. 
  • Edgerton, Les (2007), Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go, Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, ISBN-13: 978-1-58297-514-6

See also

The term dramatic structure refers to the parts into which a short story, a novel, a play, a screenplay, or a narrative poem can be divided. ... A plot device is an element introduced into a story to solely to advance or resolve the plot of the story. ... A plot hole is a gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the storys plot. ... A French writer from the mid-19th century, Georges Polti (sometimes George Polti) is best-known today for his list of 36 dramatic situations and for writing Art of Inventing Characters (ASIN: 0899843883, originally Lart dinventer les personnages). ... The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations is a descriptive list which was created by Georges Polti in 1868 to categorize every dramatic situation which might occur in a story or performance. ...

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