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Rising action

 

Disciplines > Storytelling > Plots > The Five-stage Story Structure > Rising action

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Description

After the relative calm of the exposition, there is a gradual raising of the tension in the story using danger, hazard, conflict and other devices. The protagonist is usually deeply involved in this, struggling with other people and their own ability to handle the tension.

Rising action is often long and relatively slow, and may occur through several storylines which all act together to create the excitement in the story.

Example

Danger, guns, bombs, storms, kidnap, betrayal, chase sequences, fractured relationships, uncertainty, etc.

Discussion

All stories contains sequences of rising action and climax, creating a sawtooth pattern of tension and the resolution of closure at the final climax.

The skilful development of rising action is like playing to the crowd or reeling in a big fish, with changes in the rate of rise and periods of respite. The overall direction, though, is always upwards towards the grand climax when all tensions will be resolved.

See also

Tension principle, Closure principle

 

 

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