Narrative structure and conventions research
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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RESEARCH OF NARRATIVE STRUCTURE AND CONVENTIONS OF HORROR MOVIES
Conventions followed in The Shining Narrative Structure followed in The ShiningPlot The Shining mainly follows Todorovs narrativeinsanity, murder, turns on family, aggression, theory where there is a structure of equilibrium,telepathic, seeing things others cant, disequilibrium and finally resolution. The equilibrium is when the two opposing sides are at aisolation, mental illness. balance, which is shown when Jacks family are happily moving to and driving to the hotel, andSetting somewhat when they are there for the first part.Hotel, top of hill, maze, rural, wilderness, Secondly, the disequilibrium is where the disruptionisolation, empty corridors, bathroom. begins. This is when Danny begins to see the twins and opens door 237, but there are hints ofCharacters disequilibrium from quite early on with the chef andHappy family, child who sees things, Danny’s “shining” ability, as well as jacks violence. There is the sustained disequilibrium while Jackimaginary friends, ghosts/spirits, helpless becomes more deranged and violent and murderwife, mentally insane protagonist, outsider takes place, and finally the resolution is whenwho attempts to help. Danny escapes Jack in the Maze and he and Wendy escape, ending with Jack dying in the snow.PropsAxe, toys, photograph, baseball bat, Levi-Strauss narrative theory of binary opposites istypewriter, lipstick, mirror, radio also explored in the shining, mainly with the theme of good v evil. This is shown by Wendy, Danny and the outsider Chef against the evil force, which is ambigious; if could be Jack, the hotel, room 237 or another evil force. This is left to the viewer.
28 DAYS LATER
Conventions followed in 28 Days Later Narrative Structure followed in 28 Days LaterPlot 28 days later doesnt fit Todorovs theory asZombies, apocalypse, science gone wrong, we do not begin the film with the viewersurvivors left seeing the equilibrium as such. The 3 act theory can be applied to this film however,Setting because in the 1st act we see centralDeserted/abandoned city, church, hospital, characters and the dangerous setting beinglaboratory, military base, underground, introduced. In the 2nd act, there is death ofcottage, flats. victims and central characters fight back. In the 3rd act, a climax and dramatic show downCharacters which the remaining central characters takeMale survivor protagonist, single survivor, part in, and allow for a sequel to be made, aspriest, zombie, un-dead there is no resolution as such. This is common in horror films where there are manyProps sequels, for example Saw.Guns, debris, rubbish, medicine, chemicals,posters, corpses, phone.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
Conventions followed in I Spit on Your Grave Narrative Structure followed in I Spit on Your GravePlot I spit on your grave follows the TodorovRevenge, helpless woman, violent men, theory of equilibrium, disequilibrium andgangs, rural holiday, killing off certain people resolution. The film begins with the protagonist going to an isolated house for herSetting work and having a holiday away. While in theRural cabin, isolated, lake, forest, abandoned house, the disequilibrium begins as shehouse, park, gas station suspects there are people playing games/intruding around the house. The plotCharacters then develops more with the men breaking inHelpless female, becomes and taking out violent and sexual abuse onstrong/revenge/last woman standing, violent the woman. She then turns from the victim togang, rowdy men, disabled man is victimised the villain when she stalks her rapists and kills them off one by one. The resolution is slightlyProps compromised because she was the one whoGuns, bear trap, acid, bath, rope, alcohol, killed her attackers which essentiallydrugs, video camera, bottle, fish hooks, becomes the resolution, and then she drivesbaseball bat, knife, pliers. home creating a resolved ending.