EXPOSITION: The townspeople want to kill an African American. He is being accused of no crime other than being African American.
CONFLICT: The narrator is conflicted to the events going on. He knows that he can't do anything to stop them, but he doesn't take pleasure in it despite calling the African American the N-word repeatedly throughout the piece.
RISING ACTION: The townspeople light the victim's feet on fire, and the African American man begins to burn.
CLIMAX: A low-flying plane hits power lines, and the crowd must flee. Multiple people die.
FALLING ACTION: Some of the crowd comes back. They light the African American man on fire, and keep pushing him back in when he jumps out. The narrator is mostly apathetic, but a little remorseful.
RESOLUTION: The narrator knows that the African American man is dead when a man shoves his finger with the flesh burnt off in his face.