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Three act model: Plot point

 Three act model: plot points.
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Plot point, turning point, peripeteia

According to Aristotle, an important aspect of a good plot is peripeteia, or the direction of the action suddenly turning into the opposite direction. This is accompanied by a strong emotional charge.

This kind of turning point is, for example, the scene in "The Patriot", where an officer of the British colonial army William Tavington (Jason Isaacs) shoots the protagonist Benjamin Martin's (Mel Gibson) young son. This event changes a pacifist and a father of a family into a ruthless and effective freedom fighter.

Important turning points are usually placed into the end of acts and into the midpoint of the real time duration of the film.


The Patriot. [www.thepatriot.com]


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