Freytag’s Formula

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Freytag’s Pyramid

Freytag's Formula was created by Freytag Gustav Freytag in 1863, giving a guide to writing a tragedy, but can be used when writing any type of literature. There are six parts to the formula. Exposition is the first element. It introduces the characters. Exciting force develops the third element, rising action. Rising Action is the introduction to the heart of the story, climax. Falling action helps us understand the conflict better, and answers any unanswered questions to the climax. Catastrophe is the end of the story. This provides closure to the story. This formula is often used to structure many works of literature. It is widely recognized in Shakespeare's Tragedies.


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