GEK1049: Tutorial 6, Plot
NT, Chapter 6: Plot.
You may also be interested in the following readings:
Rasley on A-Plot, B-Plot and Sub-Plot (1998)
Constructing Plot: The
Elements of Plot Development; What
Goes into a Plot?
Plot in literature, theater, movies (Wikipedia)
without Fears by Alicia Rasley (1998)
Thoughts on suspense and uncertainty by Vera Tobin
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 systematic way?
- 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,