Short stories are usually organized around a plot line or a sequence of events. A classical plot includes the following elements: exposition, inciting action, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.

“Tony’s Story” by Leslie Marmon Silko follows a classical plot line which we outline below:

  • Exposition
  • Inciting action
  • Rising action
  • Climax
  • Falling action
  • Resolution


We are introduced to the setting and the main characters, Tony and Leon, without too much information on their background. Still, we find out that Leon has returned from the army and that the events take place on an Indian reservation: “It happened one sumamer when the sun was wide and hot and the summer rains did not come…” (p. 175, ll. 1-3); “Leon came back from the army.” (p. 175, ll. 4-5)

Inciting action

Leon gets beaten by a state police officer for drinking alcohol in public in the reservation: “He never said ...

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