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by Henry David Thoreau

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

Thoreau sets up his cabin and fields next to Walden Pond.

Act II

Thoreau lives beside Walden Pond for two years.


Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and rejoins civilized society.

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