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Theory

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Media Theory

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Theory

  1. 1. MEDIA THEORY Jacob Dunlop
  2. 2. TZVETAN TODOROV  He said “All narratives follow the structure: Equilibrium, Disequilibrium, Equilibrium.”  By this he means, characters, setting and story are introduced, a dilemma is introduced, that dilemma is resolved.  It is also said there are two other levels as well.  Equilibrium, Disequilibrium, Characters acknowledge disequilibrium, Characters resolve disequilibrium, Equilibrium.  This can be applied to almost any story.  An example of a film that supports this is I Am Legend.  An example of a film that doesn’t support this is Pulp Fiction.
  3. 3. VLADIMIR PROPP  Propp said that almost any character in a story can fit to a certain category and most narratives have most of these characters.  Hero – Protagonist  Villain – Antagonist  Donor – Gives Hero a device or power  Helper – Helps Hero on their journey  False Hero – Appears at first as a good character but turns out to be evil  Dispatcher – Sends Hero on journey  Princess – Marries Hero  These characters are based on fairytales and don’t stick to other kinds of narrative so well but are still applicable to modern narratives.  An example of a film that supports this is Shrek.  An example of a film that doesn’t support this is LA Condifential.
  4. 4. CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS  He said that there are almost always binary opposites motivating characters and plot, these are:  Good vs. Evil  Weak vs. Strong  Young vs. Old  Male vs. Female  These opposing forces are still very relevant to modern narratives and usually at least one can be found in every narrative.  An example of a film that supports this is Harry Potter.  An example of a film that doesn’t support this is Amelie.

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