What are the four parts of plot?

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I have my question regarding a literary term, plot. I have recently been hired to teach English in one of the renowned school of the city. Recently, I came across this term called plot and I would like to know what does this mean and does it have any parts?

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  1. Harry

     Plot is a literary term for the events a story comprises, particularly as they relate to one another in a pattern, a sequence, through cause and effect, or by coincidence. One is generally interested in how well this pattern of events accomplishes some artistic or emotional effect. An intricate, complicated plot is called an imbroglio, but even the simplest statements of plot may include multiple inferences, as in traditional ballads. Gustav Freytag, the famous German dramatist and novelist has considered plot a narrative structure that divided a story into five parts, like the five acts of a play. These parts are: exposition (of the situation); rising action (through conflict); climax (or turning point); falling action; and resolution. The exposition introduces all of the main characters in the story and their relationship. The rising phase begins with the introduction of conflict. Generally, in this phase the protagonist understands his goal and begins to work toward it. His progress is directed primarily against these secondary obstacles and how he overcomes them. The point of climax is the turning point of the story, where the main character makes the single big decision that defines the outcome of their story. In this phase, the villain has the upper hand. It seems that evil will triumph. The protagonist has never been further from accomplishing the goal. For Freytag, this is true both in tragedies and comedies, because both of these types of play classically show good winning over evil. The question is which side the protagonist has put himself on, and this may not be immediately clear to the audience. In the final part, there is a final confrontation between the protagonist and antagonist, where one or the other decisively wins.

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