Study Guide

The Woman in White Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

By Wilkie Collins

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Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Anticipation Stage

Walter starts learning about Anne Catherick's mysterious past and investigates matters with Marian; he also learns that Laura is engaged (and isn't very happy about it).

Dream Stage

Things go very well for Walter, Marian, and Laura until Laura and Walter are driven apart by her engagement.

Frustration Stage

Things go from bad to worse after Laura's marriage to Sir Percival and Marian learns more and more scary details about Laura's husband and his friend the count.

Nightmare Stage

Marian falls ill, Laura is locked in an asylum, and Anne Catherick dies. Things couldn't be worse; it seems that everyone is doomed.

The Thrilling Escape from Death, and Death of the Monster

Marian manages to rescue Laura so the two can team up with Walter. The trio reunites and discovers the truth about Percival and Fosco. Walter goes on a crusade for justice, and in the end the bad guys die and the good guys triumph.

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