GEK1049: Tutorial 6, Plot

GEK1049 Tutorials Homepage.
Main reading:
, Chapter 6: Plot.
You may also be interested in the following readings
Alicia Rasley on A-Plot, B-Plot and Sub-Plot (1998)
Constructing Plot: The Elements of Plot Development; What Goes into a Plot?
Hatch's Plot Bank
Plot in literature, theater, movies (Wikipedia)
Plotting without Fears by Alicia Rasley (1998)
Plot (Wikipedia)
Thoughts on suspense and uncertainty by Vera Tobin
Thirteen Prime Plot Principles by Alicia Rasley


  1. How are events linked to form the plot?
  2. Can you merely string events together to form a plot? If not, why not?
  3. Can we say that the plot of a narrative has to do with the naming or categorisation of events or set of events? (This question is related to questions 1 and 2 above, and can be avoided if the question has been adequately dealt with in your responses to the two earlier questions).
  4. Is suspense important in the study of plot, or is it of interest, in the study of narrative, in its own right?
  5. Can the element of surprise in a narrative be analysed in a systematic way?
  6. Does the presence of chance and fate lower the value of a narrative for you?
  7. Plot is important for the study of story generation in artificial intelligence and in some computer games. Have a go at one of the generators of stories that can be found online. Discuss the possibilities of this electronic generation of stories during the tutorial, and evaluate the stories in relation to narrative and human creativity. If there is time, you may want to briefly comment on your personal response to plots (or plot programming) in computer or video games as well.
       Among the story generators available online are the fairy tale generators at the following web pages:, and Fractured Fairy Tales.

Last revised: 2/2/2017

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