GEK1049: Tutorial 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?
in literature, theater, movies (Wikipedia)
Plotting without Fears
by Alicia Rasley (1998)
Thoughts on suspense and uncertainty by Vera Tobin
Thirteen Prime Plot
Principles by Alicia Rasley
- How are events linked to form the plot?
- Can you merely string events together to form a plot?
If not, why not?
- 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).
- Is suspense important in the study of plot, or is it of
interest, in the study of narrative, in its own right?
- Can the element of surprise in a narrative be analysed in a
- Does the presence of chance and fate lower the value
of a narrative for you?
- 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: springhole.net,