Plot Diagram for "The Raven"

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The Raven Plot Diagram Narrative Arc

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A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a narrative. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.


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Poe’s “The Raven" is one of the most recognizable poems ever written. Its narrative style, many stanzas, and repetition makes this ballad readily memorable. With the morbid obsession, eerie tone, and captivating imagery, it is hard to forget.

Creating a Plot Diagram of the events in the poem can significantly help students to grasp key concepts and events. Student then can use the familiar plot diagram to track the actions, thoughts, and interactions of the main character and the raven.

Example "Raven" Plot Diagram

Introduction (Setting/Time)

“The Raven" is set in at midnight on a bleak December night, as a man dozes in his chair.


Conflict

The man is distraught over the loss of his loved one, Leanore.


Rising Action (Protagonist/Antagonist/Point of View)

Suddenly, he hears a knocking, tapping, rapping at his chamber door. He discovers it is a raven.


Climax

After a lengthy conversation with the bird, the speaker asks if he will ever see Leanore again. The Raven replies: 'Nevermore.'


Falling Action (What is Learned)

Angry with the birds answer, the speaker kicks him out!


Conclusion (Theme)

The sorrow and sadness that comes with the loss of a loved one can never be undone.



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Create a visual plot diagram of "The Raven".


  1. Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
  2. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
  3. Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.

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