Ch 7: Climax & Plot in Written Works

About This Chapter

Watch these fun video lessons on plot structure to review how authors build suspense and resolve conflict over the course of a novel or play. Use them along with the quizzes and transcripts to cement these literary terms and concepts in your memory.

Climax & Plot in Written Works - Chapter Summary

Get a refresher on basic plot structure with video lessons that provide examples of stories' rising action, climax and falling action. You'll also re-examine the meaning of denouement and take a look at a few notable examples of anticlimax. Try your hand at identifying each of these elements with a lesson discussing the steps involved in plot analysis. Chapter topics include:

  • Rising action
  • Climax and anticlimax
  • Falling action
  • Denouement
  • Plot analysis

This chapter includes several self-paced resources to help you review plot structure, including illustrated video lessons, multiple-choice quizzes, a chapter test and lesson transcripts featuring key terms in bold. Access these resources at your convenience on your computer, laptop, cell phone or tablet.

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Climax & Plot in Written Works
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples

1. Climax in Literature: Definition & Examples

Do you know how to identify the climax of a story? Learn what a climax is in literature, with examples from stories you might have read for class or on your own.

Rising Action in a Story: Definition & Examples

2. Rising Action in a Story: Definition & Examples

Every story strives to keep the audience interested. In this lesson, we will take a look at how writers create drama and tension through developing the rising action of the plot.

Falling Action of a Story: Definition & Examples

3. Falling Action of a Story: Definition & Examples

Stories don't just end at their high point. In this lesson, we will take a look at the falling action, the part of the plot that comes after the big climax.

Denouement in Literature: Definition & Examples

4. Denouement in Literature: Definition & Examples

What happens in a story after the big climax? In this lesson, we will take a look at the 'denouement,' the part of the narrative that wraps up all the loose ends.

Anticlimax in Literature: Definition & Examples

5. Anticlimax in Literature: Definition & Examples

One may have ruined your last trip to the movies, but anticlimaxes have also been leaving their marks on literature for centuries. Come learn more about these lackluster finishes in this lesson and see their effects in some literary examples!

How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

6. How to Analyze Plot: Steps and Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss how to analyze a plot in three basic steps. We will take these three steps and break them down to understand how to analyze a plot by analyzing a fable.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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