Story Structure

Kurt Vonnegut: All Stories share a collection of similar shapes - that can be shown by plotting the story on an axis of the good vs bad fortune of the protagonist.

  • Rags to Riches (rise)
  • Riches to Rags (fall)
  • Man in a Hole (fall then rise)
  • Icarus (rise then fall)
  • Cinderella (rise then fall then rise)
  • Oedipus (fall then rise then fall)