The Efficacy of the Plot Elements in Living Arrangements

The efficacy of the plot elements in Living Arrangements by Alistair Morgan

Incy Wincy spider climbing up the spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
Now Incy Wincy spider went up the spout again!

Everyone knows this legendary nursery rhyme and its efficacy in the proses of teaching small kids, though little is realised that without its particular plot it wouldn’t have been this effective as it is. The plot of a story is the order of events that happens in the story. In general terms it is known as the storyline. There is a beginning, where all the characters are recognised; the conflict beginning; the rising action, which is where the conflict happens; the climax, which is where they solve the problem. This is generally where the theme becomes clear or obvious to the reader. Second to last is the falling action, which starts to end the story and lastly there is the resolution or denouement, which then ends the story. These are the elements of a plot. This essay will conclude a discussion on how these elements provide a frame for the exploration of the characters, the setting and the theme, in the short story Living Arrangements by Alistair Morgan.

The most important thing about a short story plot is that it should be about an event in a person's life. The reader is drawn into a story by identifying with the central character, the protagonist. It is this identification which should hold his/her attention all the way through. The reader must start with a person - a person facing some kind of predicament, and work out the story in those terms. In the short story Living Arrangements there is a concerned woman whose personality is at the beginning of the short story not made clear. She is complaining or rather testifying the predicament she is facing, involving the other character, her opposer - the antagonist, in the story. The fact that the protagonist’s personality is not disclosed per se is however...