- The hero commits to pursuing a corrected goal, which is still far away.
- Though their philosophy is corrected, the overall thematic question remains totally up in the air until the climax.
- All strands of the story and most of the characters come together for the climactic confrontation.
- The exciting climax is reached, and the true goal is achieved or lost forever. (This climax makes a definite statement about the thematic dilemma, but the question is not completely settled.)
- In the final scene (call it the epilogue, the aftermath or the denouement) the hero’s original problem is finally resolved one way or the other, as they realize (and hopefully show) how much they’ve changed.
But wait, we’re not done! Tomorrow I’ll look at variations of this structure that are used for specific genres... Then we’re done, I promise, and I’ll never mention structure again!