01.08 Macbeth Plot Analysis Graphic Organizer Plot Elements Element Definition Act in the Play Exposition: What you need to know. Background information is presented, main characters are introduced, and the conflict is established. Act 1 Rising Action: The conflicts and challenges encountered by the characters. How they respond keeps the story moving forward. Act 2 Climax: The turning point in the conflict. Tension builds until the main character must make a decision or take action that determines the direction of the story. Act 3 Falling Action: The events that occur after the main character makes the key decision in the story. Resolution: All the questions are answered and loose ends are tied, providing a clear ending. Plot Analysis As you read the scenes in this lesson, take notes on important events in the story. Provide the line or lines from the play that relate to the event. Stop and think for a moment about why that event is important for the story and add your thoughts in the space provided.