Narrative

1. Tztevan Todorov (Tripartite narrative structure):

A really good way to think about NARRATIVE STRUCTURE is to recognise that most stories can be easily broken down into a BEGINNING / MIDDLE / END. The Bulgarian structuralist theorist Tztevan Todorov presents this idea as:

  • Equilibrium
  • Disruption
  • New equilibrium

TASK: the best way to understand this and apply it to your work is to find 3 ‘Style models’ ie three similar pieces of work (music videos, film openings, adverts, TV shows, etc etc) and break them down using some of the key terms:

  • the stage of equilibrium
  • the conflict that disrupts this initial equilibrium
  • the way / ways in which the disruption looks to find new equilibrium
  • the denouement and/or resolution that brings about a new equilibrium

This structural approach could also be referenced to Freytag’s Pyramid exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and denouement as illustrated below.

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