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Need help from English majors/writers about the 5 parts of story telling, exposition to denoument. Help me.

Hope I spelt all that correctly. Not a smart man here, never went to college. Helping my kid understand how to write a story for English composition and need help.

When I was a kid in highschool freshman English, I recall learning that there were 5 (maybe 4) definite parts to story telling.

I think it began with exposition, the middle 3 part names I can't recall, and I THINK the end was denouement, but maybe that was #4 and maybe conclusion was the end.

Can you men/women who went to college help me remember these 4-5 parts of story composition so I can help my kid. My thanks in advance.

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 1602/21/2013

Deneument is the end, climax is the height of the story (not necessarily the middle in terms of length but the peek point of the drama, you are right, it starts with exposition, then rising action, the climax, falling action, then deneument or the end.

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by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 102/20/2013

Freytag's 5 part structure is a way to represent what comes natural when telling a story. You need to have an introduction and then have stuff happen that leads up to the big thing that makes the story worthwhile. After that, more stuff happens and then there's a conclusion. The end.

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 202/20/2013

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by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 302/20/2013

Here you go:

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 402/20/2013

I'm going to have to bump this now and get back to it tomorrow. I'm up only to take a piss right now, left the computer on knowing someone would answer me. Thanks gay/straight men/women. I KNEW I was close to the answer and you provided it to me.

One last question: I see there are several spellings for what I would spell as "denouement". Which would be the correct spelling as I'd like my kid to know it.

Again, thank you. I've commented before on threads but have never created one. You guys and gals did a great job. I'm behind you 100%

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 502/20/2013

Damn R4, that is spectacular buddy/ lady, thank you!

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 602/20/2013

You don't know the 5 parts? You have all the intellect of a third grader! You're a goddamned stupid idiot!

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 702/20/2013

Oh, be nice!

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 802/20/2013

R3, you're amusing (and obsolete).

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 902/20/2013

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by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 1002/20/2013

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by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 1202/20/2013

You're spelling "denouement" correctly.

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 1302/20/2013

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by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 1402/20/2013

You know what? I'll bet your son's teacher also has a rule about where to write his name.

I'd tell him to write a story the same way he'd tell it aloud.

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 1502/20/2013

Tell him that the most important thing is to really grab the reader's attention - IN THE FIRST 100 WORDS.

I suppose he ought to learn about structure, because this is schoolwork after all, but really, getting the reader genuinely interested is important. If he can write a good opening paragraph, the teacher may forgive the rest.

by 48 Dad, 7th grader kidreply 1602/21/2013
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