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Plot is an element of fiction that consists of the stages of action leading up to the climax of the story. A short story does not afford the writer much time to develop an elaborate plot. A short story plot is rather simple and can be analyzed by following a few steps.



List the events. A short story usually has one main character around whom all the action takes place. Your list of events for any short story will probably consist of the movements of the main character. Also make note of mental or emotional events that take place with respect to the main character, such as he learned how his mother died, he understood why his mother left him, and he stopped feeling sad.


Create a timeline. Take your list of events and put them in chronological order. Sometimes a short story begins with a flashback, in which case the events of the story are presented out of order. Arrange your list of events in chronological order, even if that isn’t the order in which they took place in the story.


Identify the conflict. Conflict is what compels the reader to continue reading, so all well-written short stories have a conflict. It may be as obvious as a struggle between two characters in the story, or it can be subtle, like the main character’s internal struggle to decide what is right. Identifying the conflict will help you understand the plot, since the plot is the main character’s journey toward resolving the conflict.


Find the climax. The climax of a short story happens when the tension heightens just before the conflict is resolved. In a mystery, for example, the climax is just before you find out who the killer is. The climax of a short story takes place shortly before the end of the story. After the climax, the writer ties up the loose ends and the story is over.

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It happens all the time, as soon as a product becomes big enough in the market, the counterfeiters make copies. Crocs is now one of the most “copied” footwear brand in the market. With more than 6 million pairs sold worldwide in 2006, a figure that has sent counterfeiters scrambling madly to create their own “Crocs” from the Beach model to the Prima, Crocs can now be considered a global success. Even the shoe charms called Jibbitz are being copied with counterfeiters releasing even more designs than the original brand, producing shoe charms using characters without proper license or authorization from copyright holders.


While it should be easier to just buy Crocs from the company website or from authorized retailers to be sure that you’re getting the real deal, sometimes it’s also good to check on eBay, other websites and from other sellers to get some good deals. When you are not sure if the shoes you are buying are the real Crocs merchandise, just follow this simple guide on how to spot fake Crocs.

For the clog styles, true Crocs have the brand name “Crocs tm” on the heel straps. The straps are attached to the shoe with rivets. The rivets have the Crocs logo on them. The Crocs logo design is of a crocodile with two eyes showing. The crocodile has six uneven bumps on the back, the 4th bump from the top a little bigger than all the rest. The Crocs logo has two hands showing both with three fingers each. His hands look like he’s holding the edge of a box. The background should be black and the Crocs logo in white. The word Crocs, shoe size and company website will also appear at the bottom soles.

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Stores who sell original Crocs also have a wider selection of styles and colors. The most common counterfeit Crocs are the Beach, Cayman and Mary Janes and store usually carry very limited colors. Many of the Crocs copies do not have the Crocs logo or brand name and they are sold for a very low price but they will not give you the same satisfaction as the original.