Narrative theory propp
For GCSE film or media
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Whatis a possible link between these characters?
Propp was a Russian scholar who analysed the basic plot components of Russian folk tales to identify their narrative elements. He concluded that all the characters could be resolved into 7 character types.
Leads the narrative, is usually looking for something - a quest, or trying to solve something- a mystery. Does not have to be male.Example:BatmanfromBatman
Has a conflict with the hero and tries to stop them from succeeding.Example:TheJokerfromBatman
Givesthe hero something - a clue, a talisman, a special power - which helps them complete their quest. Example: Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars
Is usually a prize or reward for the hero. If the hero is female, there can be a price but this is unusual.Example:PrincessFiona fromShrek
Helps the hero, often acts as a sidekick Example: Donkey from Shrek
Anauthority figure who offers a reward to the hero for completing their quest. That reward might be a prince, a princess or in more modern narratives, a new car. Example: The Sultan from Aladdin
The false hero takes credit for the hero’s actions or tries to marry the princess.Example:PrinceCharmingfromShrek