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Narrative StructureObjective: To further develop understanding of Narrative Structure
1.What was the name of the theorist who spoke of Equlibrium in Narrative?2.Name 5 different Narrative Devices3.What is the name given to a person who causes Dis-equilibrium?4.Name one stage of the five given to you last lesson and explain why it is important
Vladimir ProppPropp was a Russian theorist who undertook a study of Russian folk tales. Heanalysed the different types of action and the different roles that were taken on by thecharacters. He established:That a tale moves through 31 stages of action.
1. A member of a family leaves home (the hero is introduced);2. An interdiction is addressed to the hero ('don't go there', 'go to this place');3. The interdiction is violated (villain enters the tale);4. The villain makes an attempt at reconnaissance (either villain tries to find thechildren/jewels etc; or intended victim questions the villain);5. The villain gains information about the victim;6. The villain attempts to deceive the victim to take possession of victim or victim'sbelongings (trickery; villain disguised, tries to win confidence of victim);7. Victim taken in by deception, unwittingly helping the enemy;8. Villain causes harm/injury to family member (by abduction, theft of magical agent,spoiling crops, plunders in other forms, causes a disappearance, expels someone,casts spell on someone, substitutes child etc, comits murder, imprisons/detainssomeone, threatens forced marriage, provides nightly torments); Alternatively, amember of family lacks something or desires something (magical potion etc);9. Misfortune or lack is made known, (hero is dispatched, hears call for help etc/alternative is that victimised hero is sent away, freed from imprisonment);10. Seeker agrees to, or decides upon counter-action;

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