Subplots: Twisted and Complicated
I love subplots in stories and plays. It makes the story so much more twisted and complicated. Shakespeare usually has several subplots taking place throughout his plays and manages to round them up together for the finish. I think subplots keep the audience more alert and interested in what is taking place. Having just one plot can make the story boring and sometimes predictable, but having several always keeps the action going and suspense building. I noticed, especially in Shakespeare, that dramatic irony is usually caused by the subplots taking place. The characters involved in the main plot of the story are unaware of how the characters involved in the subplots are affecting them.
Sometimes though, if a story has too many subplots it becomes too difficult to keep track of everything and everyone envolved. Too many can lead too far away from the main plot and lose the focus and purpose of the story.
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