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TODOROV'S NARRATIVE THEORY

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Yvonne Maphosa

on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of TODOROV'S NARRATIVE THEORY

TODOROV'S NARRATIVE THEORY
Main Idea
Tzvetan Todorov's narrative theory suggests that all narratives follow a three part structure where they begin with equilibrium, where everything is balanced, progress as something comes along to disrupt that equilibrium, and finally reach a resolution, when equilibrium is restored.
These are the steps for all traditional stories:
1. Equilibrium (everything is as it should be)
2. Disruption (by an event)
3. Recognition of disruption
4. Attempts to repair disruption
5. Return to equilibrium


EQUILIBRIUM
In the movie 'Would you rather' an example of equilibrium is that the main character and her brother have been left in debt because their parents have died. The brother need medical help but they cannot afford it.
DISRUPTION
The main character is offered a chance to win some money and get a donor for her brother. In order to do this she has to join the games with the other patients.
RECOGNITION OF DISCRUPTION
Before the games begins the characters realize that there is something wrong because one of the players is shot just because they want to leave the games. The first game was electrifying each other. All the characters begin to realize that they will be torturing each other.
ATTEMPTS TO REPAIR DISCRUPTION
The characters try to work together to find a way to escape the games. However this did not work and they are brought back into the games.
RETURN TO EQUILIBRIUM
The last two remaining characters are given the chance to leave the games with no money or shot the other and take all the money. The main character picks to shot the other guy and she wins all the money. The main character returns home to find that her brother has killed himself and that the whole game was pointless.
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