Study Guide

Kew Gardens Three-Act Plot Analysis

By Virginia Woolf

Three-Act Plot Analysis

Act I

We're introduced to a flowerbed; a married couple wanders past the flowerbed, reflecting on the past; a snail struggles slowly through the dirt.

Act II

Before the snail can reach a decision about how to best proceed through the dirt, two men (one young, one senile) wander past. Two women (one fat, one thin) follow the men at some distance, taking keen notice of the senile man's eccentric behaviors. The snail proceeds beneath the great brown tent of the leaf. While the snail is still beneath the leaf, a young couple comes along and soon wanders off for their tea.

Act III

The perspective of the narrative zooms out from these individual figures to consider the whole of the scene. Yep, that's it. No alien invasion, snail-zombie apocalypse, or any crazy plot twist for that matter; just a peaceful summer day in a beautiful garden.

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