Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Plot Arc Summary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Let’s flashback to the 80’s. Ferris Bueller is a 1986 classic. Here’s the basic plot summary:

Ferris Bueller loves to skip class because he always gets away with it. It’s his senior year and he wants to ditch one last time. This time, he fakes being sick and gets his best friend, Cameron, who actually is sick, to join him, along with his girlfriend, Sloane. Hot on their heels is Principal Rooney trying to catch him in the act.

Here are the 5 main plot points.

The Signup

Ferris Bueller convinces his parents that he’s sick.

The Gunshot

His best friend, Cameron, who actually is sick, comes over in his car. Ferris convinces Cameron to get the Ferrari and then they pick up Ferris’ girlfriend, Sloane, from school.

The Halfway Point

The threesome enjoys a day out in the city: fancy restaurant, a baseball game, and more.

The Wall

They realize the Ferrari got too many miles added to it and in an effort to roll the miles backward, they end up crashing the car. Cameron is beside himself and Ferris feels bad about making his friend feel bad.

The Finish Line

Ferris just barely runs back home and jumps in the bed right before his parents get to his bedroom. Of course, there are tons of things that happened that I left out, but these are the five main plot points, the major turning points in the story.

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  1. :) Oh, the good old days of playing sick...great plot line. Thanks!


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