Literary Terms: Exposition
By Pilar Celorio
What is exposition?
How is exposition delivered?
In a novel/book:
For example in the story "The 3 little bears" the exposition goes something like this:
"Once upon a time there were three little bears, a mama bear, a papa bear, and a baby bear. They lived deep in the forest, far away from any people. One morning, mama bear decided to treat her family to a hot serving of porridge."
What is exposition in film?
A)The portion of the plot that sets out story events and important character traits
B)A chain of events in cause-effect relationship occurring in time and space
C)The introduction of conflict into the plot that needs to be resolved for the story to be complete
D)The development of the story elements and characters once they are introduced