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Definition of action


Action: The action of a story is a series of events usually arrang­ed so as to have three recogniz­able parts: the beginning (introduction, exposition), the middle (rising action, complica­tion, crisis, climax, turning-point, falling action) and the end (dénouement or solution, catastrophe, resolution).In contrast to real life, action in fiction is ordered, it "imitates in words a sequence of human activities, with a power to affect our opinions and emotions in a certain way". It is the basic principle in all fiction and arouses the reader's inter­est: it makes him eager to learn what is going to happen and/or how the problems faced by the characters are going to be solved.Action produces tension, suspense or surprise.



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