1. The exposition of a story occurs for three reasons: to provide necessary background, to establish the setting, and to introduce the characters.
It occurs at the beginning of a story, in this case “His wife had often criticized…” and “They were standing on the edge of an old mine shaft…” and “He was a writer of detective stories. These paragraphs all help to set the stage for the action that will unfold.
Rising Action refers to the events of a dramatic or narrative plot unfolding prior to the climax. Rising action occurs as the main conflict unfolds, creating a sense of heightened suspense as the audience becomes more and more engaged in the story.
The rising action in the story Twins happens as the couple tries to “walk through” the plot of the writer’s story in order to see if there are any gaps. “That was research. Unless you make your villain a writer, you’re going to have trouble…” to the point when Lucy is about to leave, stating that they’d better be getting back.
Climax is a structural part of a plot and is at times referred to as a crisis. It is a decisive moment or a turning point in a storyline at which the rising action turns around into a falling action. Thus, a climax is the point at which a conflict or crisis reaches its peak that calls for a resolution or denouement
In the story it occurs at the point when the character pulls the trigger once, twice, three times. The story reaches its peak, and now the audience must prepare mentally for the outcome of the story.
The falling action refers to the part of the narrative between the climax and the resolution. IN the story Twins, this happens between “Everything else went smoothly…” and finishes with “All she had to do was nurse her grief…” Here, the details of the narrative begin to become clear and the audience realizes that the wife has turned tables on the husband, and used his plot to execute her perfect murder.
Finally, the resolution is the point of the story where all the loose ends are tied up and the main conflict is resolved. In the story Twins, the resolution or denouement occurs when the audience learns of Lucy’s finding her husband’s tackle box, make-up kit and gun just prior to their trip to the mine. This gives the reason why Lucy has murdered her husband as well as explains how she is likely to get away with it. We now have all the...