Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Todorov's 5 part narrative formula-

Todorov's theory is that every narrative can be broken down into three basic stages: equilibrium, dis-equilibrium and new equilibrium


1) A state of equilibrium at the outside
2) A disruption of the equilibrium by some action
3) A recognition that there has been a disruption
4) An attempt to repair the disruption
5) A reinstatement of the equilibrium

An example of a film which reflects this structure is Bridget Jones
The equilibrium is Bridget in single and lonely, she is unlucky in love
The action that disrupts the equilibrium is Bridget then dates her boss
The recognition that there has been a disruption is that she then has to decide between two men- as her boss cheats on her
An attempt to repair the disruption is the two men have a fight and then she dates the other man that is not her boss
The reinstatement of the equilibrium is Bridget then dates the male

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