READ: Plot and Theme




The plot is the events that happen within the story. Sometimes parts of the plot are only referred to indirectly, other times they are directly a part of the story.

The time in which it takes a plot to happen can vary; sometimes an entire plot takes place in a few minutes, while in other stories it takes place over years. Some stories will have fewer plot details, usually so the author can spend more time on description. Subplots are shorter plots that take place within a story.

Using Romeo and Juliet as an example, the plot is the details of the houses of Montague and Capulet fighting, Romeo's fight with Tybalt, his exile and the tragic ending. Finding a subplot in Romeo and Juliet is a little controversial. Some might argue that there is no subplot - that every detail goes to support the main plot of Romeo and Juliet's love. Others might identify a part of the story as a subplot such as Mercutio and Tybalt's fight.

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