plot element

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Noun1.plot element - a component or element of the plot of a story
MacGuffin, McGuffin - (film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot; "the McGuffin was a key element of Alfred Hitchcock's films"
component, element, factor, ingredient, constituent - an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"
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The plot element escapes becoming extraneous, but only by making a reappearance that is both predictable and superficially handled.
A satisfying plot element, not mentioned in the text, is also illustrated at the end.
For while the frame's history, topography, and societal problems match those of Serbia and its neighbors, its invented place-names (Saribor, Brejevina), blurred designations (the City/Belgrade, "our side"/Serbs), and a central plot element (the "diggers," Orthodox guests of Natalia's elderly host in Catholic Brejevina who hope to disinter and properly bury a distant cousin killed during in the war) suggest a hidden, deeper truth--the folk culture shared by "her side" and their former countrymen--that Natalia finds only by following the tales, for which the frame creates the context.
A plot element in a film is often called a Macbeth or a MacGuffin?
As a reader, I found this plot element hard to swallow (pun intended).
To give an example of the kind of thing Ellroy does, he will introduce a plot element that you think will take the whole movie to resolve--and then he'll resolve it in some unexpected way in the very next scene.
Rick's side business of running a cat video aggregator site initially appears as a strangely dated plot device but becomes a skillfully integrated means for injecting reflection, humor, and, eventually, a crucial plot element.
While researching a plot element about abalone poaching, he contacted the DFG and learned about the Special Operations Unit, which targets commercial poachers.
The death-with-dignity plot element is not actively explored, and there is a cameo appearance by a research facility.
While there are a few occasions when the "meaning" dictates a particular plot element, Stengl manages to create a story that lends itself very well to religious interpretations rather than writing a purely Christian allegory.
Some of the fans may have already read some of the leaks about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but the new leaks from the movie give more details about a familiar plot element from the movie.
Just about every plot element in "Rise" is identical to that in "Van" the First.