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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT 
  • RISING  ACTION
  • Long, long ago there lived an old man and his wife in a village. They had no children.  They had prayed to God for a baby every day. One day, to their surprise, they had a small baby. The boy's height was only one inch or so. They named him 'Issun-boshi', One-Inch Boy.
  • CLIMAX
  • The boy said to his parents, "My father and mother, please give me a needle, a straw, a wooden bowl and a chopstick." The boy decided to go to  the capital. The boy in the bowl went down the river.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • He got to the capital. I was told my father liked me and wanted me to look after my daughter. One day she went to a shrine with the boy. A oni suddenly came out and tried to take a princess .
  • RESOLUTION
  •  The oni said, "I'll kill you, one inch boy. What can you do against me, oneinch boy? I'll eat you." said the oni and swallowed him down quickly. One inch boy pierced the oni with the needle in his stomach. "Ouch, I'll die. I'll give up. Help me." The oni vomited him out and ran away toward the mountain.
  • Thank you very much for helping me. You are so small but very brave and strong." "Look, the ogre left something. What is it?" asked he. "It's called the 'uchide-no-kozuchi', the magic mallet. It's an ogre's treasure. If we swing it, we can have anything we want. Inch boy, what is your wish?" asked she. "I'd like my height. Please make me a tall boy."
  •  One inch boy became taller and taller and grew to be a very tall and handsome man. He married her and became a brave warrior in the capital of Kyoto .
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