7 Basic Story Plots
This set of stories comes from a talk given by Claire Martinsen on 14 July 2020 at Mill Road History Society. There is a belief that all stories use only 7 basic plots. Claire explored whether those 7 plots could be found within Mill Road Cemetery
Overcoming the monster – where the hero sets of to defeat an antagonistic or evil force which threatens the hero/hero’s homeland. Examples of this genre: James Bond, Star Wars, The War of the Worlds. Nicholas Nickleby
St Andrew the Less – Phoebe Kirkup [who unfortunately did not defeat the evil force of drink]
Rags to Riches – where the poor hero aquires power, wealth or a mate. Examples: Cinderella, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, David Copperfield.
St Benet’s – John Moyes [have a look at the two other graves linked to this one to read about more of the Moyes family]
The Quest – where the hero and companions set out to acquire an important object or to get to a location. They face temptations and other obstacles along the way. Examples: Watership Down, The Lord of the Rings, The Odyssey.
Voyage and Return – where the hero goes to a strange land and after overcoming the threats it poses or learning important lessons, they return with experience. Examples: Alice in Wonderland, Gone with the Wind, Peter Rabbit, The Hobbit
Comedy – light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending. Examples: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Much Ado about Nothing, Twelfth Night
Tragedy – the hero has a major character flow or makes a great mistake which is ultimately their undoing. Their unfortunate end evokes pity and the fall of a fundamentally good character. Examples: Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Romeo and Juliet
Re-birth – an event forces the main character to change their ways and often become a better individual. Examples: Pride and Prejudice, Ground Hog Day, The Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol