Narrative Structure: The Descent
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Narrative Structure: The Descent
Media Unit 1 - LO1a
The Descent - Narrative Structure
Equilibrium: Sarah and her friends are rafting. Her daughter and husband are watching
her. Typical family life for Sarah and her family.
Disruption: They drive home and uncareful driving leads to a car crash and a pipe
impaling the husband and daughter.
Recognition: Sarah wakes up and she’s now in the hospital.
Reaction: She runs to the other end of the corridor in a dream sequence, then wakes
back into reality and ﬁnds out from her friends and hospital staff that her daughter and
husband are dead.
Restoration of equilibrium: She accepts the loss and grieves. One year later, and we
see her with her friends again. They stay in a lodge in the USA and descends into a cave.
Disruption: They get lost and the cave collapses, nearly collapsing on Sarah. They are
blocked from leaving the cave through the hole they went through.
Recognition: Juno reveals that the cave is unknown to any rescue teams.
Reaction: Everyone is mad at Juno, particularly worrying about Sarah. They devise a way
to escape the cave.
Restoration of equilibrium: They start trying to get to their goal of escaping the cave.
Disruption: Holly ﬁnds an “escape”, however she falls and breaks and impales her leg at
the same time.
Recognition: One of the girls ask Holly if she is okay, and then goes down to rescue her.
Reaction: The group makes an effort to temporarily cure Holly’s leg, except for Sarah,
possibly due to her memories of the car crash.
Restoration of equilibrium: Holly’s leg is temporarily cured, she can’t put any weight on
it. The group continues their plan to escape.
Disruption: Sarah ﬁnds something resembling a person, but it is in fact a creature known
as a “crawler” that attacks the group. Holly has her throat ripped out and Beth gets
stabbed by Juno (by accident)
Recognition: Sarah ﬁnds Beth, about to die, and Beth requests to be euthanised due to
Reaction: Sarah doesn’t want to euthanise Beth, but she knows it’s the right thing to do.
Restoration of equilibrium: Sarah euthanises Beth, and grieves over the loss of her and
Molly and continues the goal of escaping the cave.
Disruption: Sarah is separated from the rest of the group.
Recognition: Sarah becomes aware of her separation.
Reaction: She plans a way back to her group.
Restoration of equilibrium: Sarah starts to ﬁnd a way to Juno, Sam and Rebecca
Disruption: Sam and Rebecca are attacked by crawlers while Sarah ﬁnds her way back.
Recognition: Juno is aware that they are being attacked.
Reaction: Juno attacks the crawlers however she fails. Sam and Rebecca are dead.
Restoration of equilibrium: Juno accepts this loss and returns to the original plan of
going. Sarah returns to Juno, knowing about what had happened to Beth.
Disruption: She becomes angry at Juno for being with her husband and killing Beth.
Recognition: Juno is clearly aware that Sarah is angry.
Reaction: Sarah stabs Juno with the tool used to kill Beth.
Restoration of equilibrium: Sarah manages to escape the cave... or does she?
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