While studying for finals this week I ran across this list in my logic notes:Read the whole thing. Tyler’s analysis of plot types (simple, linked, convergent, divergent, serial and unstated) is both elegant and useful, aiding in both composition and analysis. For example, after Neuromancer William Gibson almost always used a convergent structure in his books, typically twining three seemingly unrelated threads together before pulling them tight in an unexpected -- but coherent -- climax. A follow-up post on plot-related fallacies proves equally enlightening, although it seems to give short shrift to the horror genre. Still, useful reading for those who want to keep their narrative action neat and in order.
I probably don’t need to clarify that my logic professor wasn’t talking about plot structure when I jotted that down but, well she wasn’t. She was talking about argument structures. Still there are a lot of similarities between arguments and plots.
Definition of argument: A set of two or more statements, one of which follows from the other.
Definition of story: A narrative that follows a course of events (implying that one must follow from the other)
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