VLADIMIR PROPP'S CHARACTER TYPES

Vladimir Propp theorized that there were several key characters in every story who could be easily identified. He said we NEEDED these characters to make a good story. We can apply his theory
to TV Crime Dramas and see that most shows contain the characters he mentions. Ìt is important to note that a character in a show may play more than one role. For example one character could
be both the donor, the helper and the dispatcher. Not all of his roles have to be played by people. For example, the .
TV SHOW /
EPISODE
HERO VILLAIN DONOR
Gives the hero a
magical item or help
to inspire his quest
HELPER
Helps the hero
PRINCESS / PRIZE
The reward for the
hero ÷ sometimes a
real woman,
sometimes a "sense of
justice¨
PRINCESS'S
FATHER / KEEPER
Often a person who
offers a reward or
seeks the hero's help
FALSE HERO
Tries to find the prize,
or princess and be the
hero first, often a rival
to the real hero.
DISPATCHER
Sends the hero on his
journey or tells the
hero what he needs to
find



























































KEY QUESTIONS
1) Why do you think that most films have these recognisable characters in them?


2) Why do audiences need to have a hero?


3)

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