Line of Repetition
The story opens with a statement that is repeated throughout the story. This trademark characteristic is usually short, powerful or poignant, and simply structured grammatically. The repeated phrase or sentence grounds the story and emphasizes the defining idea. At times this patterned emphasis gives the Line of Repetition a symbolic aspect. The repeated phrase creates a cadence that imparts a poetic quality to the narrative. This defining statement is sometimes repeated after each stage and is often repeated at the end of each short journey and after the close.
Stories that conform to the Robleto structure are generally told from a first person point of view. The introduction is short and informs the listener about the narrator, who is often the main character of the story. Any other information crucial to the story is stated, sometimes abruptly.
The climax describes the central challenge. As with most other structures, the climax is a turning point where events and situations change, for better or for worse. Unlike most other structures, the climax in the Robleto structure produces the listeners’ understanding of the journey(ies) to follow rather than leading to resolution or denouement.
In this stage, listeners learn about other people and places that have an impact on the main character in some way. The journey begins by introducing other people, places, and a series of events. The Robleto structure promotes the inclusion of several short journeys in one story, which is different from other story structures. At the end of each short journey, the narrator restates the Line of Repetition. The restatement heightens the tension in a dramatic story or the comedic effect in a light-hearted story.
Remaining issues are reconciled and the journey comes to an end. The close in the Robleto structure ensures the listener’s understanding. Nothing is left ambivalent or unresolved. The Line of Repetition is restated and the story closes on that note of emphasis.
Line of Repetition
The story opens with a statement that is repeated throughout the story. This trademark characteristic is usually short, powerful or poignant, and simply structured grammatically. The repeated phrase or sentence grounds the story and emphasizes the...
The video below, I Am a Farmer Who Became a Doctor, was created to demonstrate the Robleto story-type, using Dr. Robleto's own story. The story centers around the repetition of the central idea. Watch the video and consider how it fits the story pattern below...
When to apply this structure:
The Robleto structure should be considered for stories where either dramatic or comedic emphasis is a desirable outcome. This structure is particularly helpful when preparing a persuasive, inspiring, or encouraging story. The Line of Repetition, the...