Narrative DefinitionA spoken or written account of connected events; a story: "abare narrative of the details".
Vladamir ProppHe was Russian Soviet Formalists Scholar who analyzesbasic plots of Russian Folk Tales in their simplest forms.
What’s the Point?The proposal of Vladamir Propp was thatactions and characters can all fit intodefined roles and functions.An example where this works is Star Warsbut there are also lots of films where itdoesn’t work such as Pulp Fiction (not alinear narrative, flash backs and starts fromthe middle)
Character Roles Hero Good, Seeks Something Villian Bad, Stops Hero The Donor Prepared Hero (Gives Magical Object) The Princess and her farther Gives a task to the hero and identifies the false hero The dispatcher Sends hero on his way to do his task False hero Someone who pretends to be the hero
Morphology of FolkTalePublished in 1928 (in Russian) it then became popular inwestern culture in 1958 when it was translated. His charactertypes can be applied to any story.
Narrative StructureHe broke up fairy tales into sections, from this he managedto turn this into a sequence of events that happened inRussian fairytales.It starts off with an initial situation whichis followed by 31 functions.
31 FunctionsAll the 31 functions can be seen here with a description of each one.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Propp#Functions