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What does it mean? 10 Points to Best Answer?

I'm doing a short story report and there is a question I do not understand. Give a complete explanation please:) : What does plot mean? and what does "Give a complete plot summary" mean?


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  • 1 decade ago
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    An encyclopedia article about a work of fiction frequently includes a concise summary of the plot. The description should be thorough enough that the reader gets a sense of what happens and can fully understand the impact of the work and the context of the commentary about it.

    On the other hand, the plot summary must be concise. Overly long and thorough plot summaries are also hard to read and end up being as unhelpful as overly short ones. Finding the right balance requires careful editorial discretion and discussion

    The objective of a summary is to condense a large amount of information into a short, accessible format. It is not to reproduce the experience of reading or watching the story, nor to cover every detail. For those who have not read or seen the story, it should serve as a general overview of the major points. For those who have, it should be detailed enough to refresh their memory — no more.

    A plot summary is not a recap. It should not cover every scene and every moment of a story.

    Not only should a summary not go scene by scene, there's no reason why a plot summary has to cover the events of the story in the order they appear (though it is often useful). The point of a summary is not to reproduce the experience — it's to explain the story. If the original is non-linear or experimental in its structure, the article should state that fact in prose, not through regurgitation of the plot.[1] In fact, for a confusing story, we should assume that some of our readers will look the story up because they didn't understand it. Just repeating what they saw isn't going to help them!

    Let's go through an example: Little Red Riding Hood.

    The first thing we should ask is "What is Little Red Riding Hood about?" If you had one sentence to describe what it's about—not summarize it, just describe it—what would you say? Probably something like "Little Red Riding Hood is the story of a young girl's encounter with a dangerous wolf in the woods." Now that we have that, the next step is to figure out what the parts of that claim are that we're going to have to explain. There are three major ones—there's a young girl, a dangerous wolf, and an encounter. We're going to have to explain what all of those are.

    So what does that give us?

    Little Red Riding Hood is the story of a young girl's encounter with a dangerous wolf in the woods. The girl, named Little Red Riding Hood for the clothes she wears, is described as 'a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her.' She begins the story by trying to take some food to her ailing grandmother in the woods. She is noticed by a wolf in the forest, who wishes to eat her. The wolf's plans come to a head when he encounters Red Riding Hood in her grandmother's house, having tricked her into revealing her destination and into stopping to pick flowers, giving the wolf time to get there first and capture her grandmother. The wolf, dressed in the grandmother's clothing, lures Red Riding Hood closer. Red Riding Hood grows suspicious, noting that the wolf does not look like her grandmother, remarking "Oh, what big eyes you have" and "Oh, what large ears you have." The wolf explains all of these things tenderly, noting that the eyes are so she can see Red Riding Hood better, until Red Riding Hood remarks on the wolf's teeth, at which point the wolf springs forward to devour her. She is saved when a woodcutter happens by the cottage and hears the wolf, charges in, and kills the wolf to rescue her and her grandmother.

    Not half bad. Obviously when you're writing a plot summary you probably won't go into as much careful detail in thinking about every decision—for the most part, stuff like picking what's important and what's not is intuitive, and doesn't require a lot of analysis. However, this example gives a sense of the logic that underlies a good summary.

    Some argument could be had here about what to include: Should we have mentioned "The better to eat you with"? Is everything clear? Does only including two of the wolf's responses to the questions confuse the reader? Multiple versions of this story exist, and we've only described one of the many endings. Some sourced discussion and expansion of this part would help generalize the plot summary. However, these sorts of things are where collaborative editing and discussion come into play.

    Have fun :P

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  • 1 decade ago

    The plot is the problem in the story. So the complete plot summary is a explanation of the problem. If there are several plots or problems you should explain one having to do with the climax or point of excitment

    Hoped i helped

    Good Luck :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Plot is made when a narrative contains: exposition, conflict, rising action and climax, followed by a falling action and a dénouement.

    It is really simple. You remember the plot line from class?

    A plot summary would be an example of each of the things I just mentioned =)

    Source(s): bustin my ass in college level english classes haha
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  • 1 decade ago

    It means go to the store, and buy a rubber chicken, and wave your arms.. I had to learn that in school, too:/ its really dumb!!

    Source(s): Homework last year
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