On the book Norton Introduction to Literature textbook, how does Mays define and explain “plot” as an element of fiction? How does she distinguish this from the simple “action” in a story?
2. How does Mays define the plot element of sequencing? What are flashbacks, flashforwards, and foreshadowing? How does Mays define the plot element of pacing? Why are sequencing and pacing important elements of short story plots?
3. Consider the five parts of a typical short story plot that Mays describes on pages 61 – 63, and then perform a close reading of “Popular Mechanics” by Raymond Carver. Answer these questions about “Popular Mechanics”: