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Department
English
Course
ENGB03H3
Professor
Sonja Nikkila
Semester
Winter

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January 30, 2013 Lecture #4 THE UPS AND DOWNS OF PLOT Investigating Plot:  A detective novel is being obvious about it, but any narrative is always both helping you to and hindering you from “solving” the story  Reading a narrative means gathering clues and figuring out the story o Understanding the meaning  We get two answers: 1. Answers at the level of expectations (concerns about form) 2. Answers at the level of questions (concerns about plot) The Narrative Arc:  Map (graph) the plot of the story – what happens when?  Dip in arc – and how long it lasts – is crucial  FORM matters (short story vs. novel vs. movie vs. TV)  GENRE matters (mystery vs. romance)  Bulstrode’s climax matters – causes other characters’ story climax Constituent Versus Supplementary Elements  Elements = clues  Much of what is ultimately important (character,
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