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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz


by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

John leaves his home for St. Midas' prep. He meets Percy and then travels with him to his home in Montana.

Act II

John spends the summer with the Washingtons. He falls in love with Kismine and then discovers that he is to be killed. He wakes in the middle of the night and finds men in the hallway outside his door.


The château is under an air strike. John escapes to the woods with Kismine and her sister, watches it all go up in flames, and then plans for his future.

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