Basic Plots: Rags to Riches

Story Empire

Ciao, SEers. We’re up to our sixth of the Seven Basic Plots as defined by Christopher Booker. If you’ve missed the others, you can find them here: Rebirth, Tragedy, Comedy, Voyage and Return, and Quest.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about the basic plot type: Rags to Riches.

The Rags to Riches plot is the quintessential American immigrant story. It’s also a popular fairy tale plot. Someone begins in a situation of poverty and hardship and makes something of himself.

Note: A key feature of this plot type is the protagonist achieving success somewhere in the middle of the tale only to lose it again. That success hasn’t been earned yet, so he will lose what he’s attained and have to gain it back. This time, he will have grown and learned, and consequently, he’ll be deserving of his success and…

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