Constituent events

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Constituent events are those necessary to a story's plot advancement.

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Definition

Constituent events, as opposed to supplementary events, are integral to the forward progression of a particular plot. The removal of any constituent event from a narrative would result in a gap in the logical advancement of the story, and they are therefore essential to the plot structure and the chronological chain of events.

Examples

"It was the manner in which all this, and much more, was said --it the apparent heart that went with his request --which allowed me no room for hesitation; and I accordingly obeyed forthwith what I still considered a very singular summons."

Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher"

Critical Debates

{is the term contested, challenged, defined differently, etc.?}

Related Terms

event, supplementary events

References

Abbot, H. Porter. The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.

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