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The Lady, or the Tiger?

The Lady, or the Tiger?

Frank R. Stockton

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The Lady, or The Tiger?Frank Stockton

The Lady, or The Tiger?Frank Stockton

Meet Frank R. Stockton (1834-1902)

At the height of his success, Frank R. Stockton was considered a major literary figure in the United States, second in importance only to Mark Twain.

Stocktons body of work fills twenty-three volumes and includes stories, novels, and nonfiction.

Yet today, this writer is known primarily for his story, The Lady, or the Tiger?

The story created a stir at the time it was published, as well as afterward; it was later turned into an operetta, a play, a movie, and a recording.

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Dramatic Plot Structure

Dramatic Plot Structure

A literary plot has five elements:

Exposition

Rising Action

Climax

Falling Action

Resolution

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Dramatic Plot Structure

Dramatic Plot Structure

Exposition During a plots exposition, the author gives background information about the story and introduces the storys characters and setting. The exposition also introduces the main conflict.

Rising Action Rising action is the series of events that lead up to the climax, or most dramatic moment, of the story.

Climax The climax is a storys most dramatic and revealing moment. It usually comes near the end of a story and satisfies the readers curiosity about what happens.

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Dramatic Plot Structure

Dramatic Plot Structure

Falling Action The falling action follows the climax and describes the results of the climax.

Resolution The resolution, or denouement, comes at the end of the falling action.

The Lady, or the Tiger? has a trick endingreaders must supply the resolution.

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The Lady, or The Tiger?Frank Stockton

The Lady, or The Tiger?Frank Stockton

Setting

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Dramatic Plot Structure

Dramatic Plot Structure

Conflict

Most plots develop around a conflict, or struggle between two or more forces in a story.

External conflict is the battle between a character and an outside forcenature, society, fate, or another character.

Internal conflict is the battle within the mind of a character who is torn between different courses of action.

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Connecting to the Story

Connecting to the Story

Would you trust your life to a friend?

Before you read the story, think about the following questions:

Which is a stronger emotionlove or jealousy?

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