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The Inciting Incident


Steven Lubet


Northwestern University - School of Law

July 11, 2006

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 916602

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In literary terms, a trial lawyer has to decide how to introduce the inciting incident, the central moment of change or conflict around which the entire story revolves. More precisely, the question is whether to begin - the opening statement or final argument - with the inciting incident, or to precede it with some amount of exposition. That decision, in turn, depends on the nature of the story itself. Is the central conflict self-explanatory, requiring little or no contest? Or does the story require nuance and background in order to be understandable? This essay uses examples from film and literature - from Kafka's Metamorphosis to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, and from Casablanca to Saving Private Ryan - to explore the different approaches to this problem.

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Date posted: July 12, 2006  

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Lubet, Steven, The Inciting Incident (July 11, 2006). Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 916602. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=916602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.916602

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