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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Mac is well out of the closet, and since his parents and friends are accepting and supportive, his love life simply serves as entertaining personal background to the main plot element of the crime investigation.
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?
The earliest writer discussed is Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (ca.935-975), a Saxon canoness who wrote legends and dramas, often with virginity as a theme and the clash between good and evil as a plot element. (Look for her in libran catalogs as Hrotsvitha.) Annie Dillard, Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alverez, and Mary Gordon are some of the contemporary writers in the book.
As a reader, I found this plot element hard to swallow (pun intended).
(Not to give it away, but by the end, the Circumference of a Squirrel [Zachary Scott, Tex.] is an important plot element.)
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.
Though the double-identity plot element could lead to a confusing read, Sean and Michael are well developed as individual, separate characters.
Though the central plot element (which is partially drawn from Elizabeth Spencer's novella, The Light in the Piazza) is tragic, critics note that instead of becoming mired in grief, Hamilton is interested in the nature of sympathy and the powerful metaphor of a vibrant, happy life stopped in its tracks.
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.