Essay On Plot


 beginning, a period of characters being disconnected and then the end where the old connections return or new connections begin.



two events appear near each other in a work that have a similarity or similarities; authors  place these events near each other to underscore something the author feels is important.

Rule of three


human psychology tends to only accept evidence if it shows a pattern. To show a pattern, there must be at least three instances or examples. People tend to look at events as One time


 just an occurrence Two times


 perhaps the second piece of evidence is only a coincidence Three times


 now we have a pattern

The Essay



inform your audience (people who will read your paper) about a position you are taking concerning plot.



locate, organize, and synthesize information concerning plot in a work of literature to support your thesis



the idea that you are defending in your paper, your thoughts on a specific work by an author. You must prove this with pieces of textual evidence taken from the work in question. Line X proves my thesis because it states, "YYYYY."


Questions to consider when planning an essay on plot:


What is the dramatic structure? Break the plot into either traditional structure (noting places where the  plot deviates from traditional structure) or as one would in feminist plot analysis. 2.

What are the expectations built up by the author? Are they fulfilled? How are they fulfilled? 3.

Does the plot grow out of the characters or does it depend on chance or coincidence? What specific examples can you give that show either of these? 4.


 the movement of action versus suspense. Does the author set up suspenseful scenes or end scenes in such a way that we are left in suspense? If so, what do you think is his or her purpose for doing this? How does the author use suspense in the work 


what is its purpose? 5.

Are there episodes that at first seem to be irrelevant? What are they? How do they prove to be relevant later? 6.

Is the story told chronologically? Why or why not? 7.

Does the author use flashback? Foreshadowing? Irony? Give examples for each if it is present in the  plot. 8.

Are there suggestive juxtapositions of happenings? 9.

Are certain situations repeated? 10.

Is the story about a change in a situation or a change in personality


or a change in our understanding of a situation or personality? 11.

Who are the protagonist and antagonist, and how do their characteristics put them in conflict? How would you describe the conflict? 12.

How does the action develop from the conflict? 13.

If the conflict stems from contrasting ideas or values, what are these, and how are they brought out? 14.

What problems does the major character (or do the major characters) face? How does the character (characters) deal with these problems? 15.

How do the major characters achieve (or not achieve) their major goal(s)? What obstacles do they overcome? What obstacles overcome them or alter them? If the obstacles were put in place by another

character, what was this character’s motivation for this blocking?


At the end, are the characters successful or unsuccessful, happy or unhappy, satisfied or dissatisfied, changed or unchanged, enlightened or ignorant? How has the resolution of the major conflict produced these results?

The Plot against People Essay

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The Plot against People

Have you ever thought that the possibility exists that inanimate objects are in fact “plotting against people” in an effort to make our lives even more difficult than they actually are? In “The Plot against People,” Russell Baker, a newspaper columnist and humorist, adopts a wry view of the world in which he gives inanimate objects mischievous aims. As a class assignment, I was called upon to write my own version in the style of Baker.

How often is it that we are late for work or school because we could not find our keys? On how many occasions have we humans been locked out of our dorms or houses and yet have our keys remain warm and cozy inside?

These events are not isolated to one group of humans or to…show more content…

The reason for their uprising is still unknown, but their numbers are strong; to every one person, there are about three keys. As Baker explains in The Plot against People, “Many inanimate objects, of course, find it extremely difficult to break down. Therefore, they have had to evolve a different technique for resisting man. They get lost.”

Keys have power and they know it. We have all been through a time in our lives when we were trapped in our own homes because our keys were conveniently missing. Trapped in our own homes! Feelings of frustration and anger quickly build up, but meanwhile our keys stay tucked away in a dark cozy corner and snicker. They are at this point, where they want to be, in control and powerful. Russell Baker was right. Keys “frequently travel through six or seven rooms to find hiding space under a couch.”

Our keys take pleasure in putting humans in embarrassing situations. They derive a certain degree of joy from it. They enjoy seeing us walk out of a room with just a towel wrapped around us and not being in our hands but, instead, lying between the warm covers. There, they wait for the sound of the slammed door and our frightful shriek.

One of the most distressing events is having your keys locked in your car while you stand helpless and cold on the outside. This experience is not only nerve-racking, but also costly, since, most times, a locksmith may have to be called in to get you back into your car.

Keys have

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