What is an example of exposition?

Here are some good examples of exposition, which is the beginning of the story where you are introduced to the characters, the setting and the basic plot:

  • The "crawl" at the opening of the Star Wars movies
  • Once upon a time, there were three bears. There was a Daddy Bear, who was very big, a Mama Bear, who was middle-sized, and a Baby Bear, who was very small. They all lived together in a little cottage in the middle of the woods. Their favorite breakfast was porridge. One morning, after they made their porridge, Daddy Bear said, ‘Let’s go for walk in the woods until it cools.’ Mama Bear and Baby Bear liked the idea, so off they went. While they were away, a little girl named Goldilocks came walking through the forest and smelled the porridge…
  • In Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne’s husband, Chillingworth, comes to town while Hester is standing on the scaffold with her baby. Chillingworth’s dialogue with the townspeople fills the reader in on necessary expository details.
  • At the beginning of The Wizard of Oz, the viewer learns all they need to know about Dorothy’s motivation for leaving home through her interactions with the folks in Kansas before the tornado.
  • James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues uses the brothers’ reunion and drive through the old Harlem neighborhood as a chance to provide expository details.
  • The Godfather’s exposition takes place very quickly at the beginning of the film, when Michael explains the family business to his girlfriend, Kay, at his sister’s wedding. The viewer is then prepared to understand the stakes of having Don Corleone do anyone “a favor.”
  • A newspaper story about a political candidate provides exposition to show readers the candidate’s background and experience.

It is the part of literature that introduces the character(s).

Bob is tall and wants a cheeseburger.