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Narrative Theory and Music Video.

  1. 1. Media Concepts: Narrative Theory.<br />Narrative theory is the way in which a story is told in a music video, keeping the video comprehendible for the audience. ‘Narrative’ is the coherence given to a series of facts.<br />
  2. 2. Todorov’s Theory.<br />Todorov’s theory seperates music video into different stages.<br />Equilibrium: I state of ‘perfection’ where everything is as it should be.<br />Disequilibrium: The equilibrium is disrupted.<br />Recognition: Recognition that the disequilibrium has occurred.<br />Reparation: An attempt to repair the state of disequilibrium.<br />New equilibrium. <br />
  3. 3. Todorov’s Theory.<br />Todorovclaims that narrative must undergo a transformation. The characters featured in the music video must undergo this transformation by going through the disruption. <br />Equilibrium<br />Dis-equilibrium<br />Recognition<br />Reparation<br />New Equilibrium<br />
  4. 4. Vladimir Propp’s Theory. <br />This narrative theory is created through a variety of character functions:<br />Hero: Seeks something<br />Villain: Obstructs hero<br />Princess: Hero’s reward<br />Father: Giver of reward<br />Donor: Provides information and help<br />Helper: Helps the hero<br />Dispatcher: Sends the hero on a quest<br />False hero<br />In Propp’s theory, these character types are established to increase understanding from the point of view of the audience. <br />
  5. 5. Claude Levi-Strauss’ Theory.<br />This is as narrative theory built from the inclusion of binary opposites in a media text; one side will be represented as the ‘right’ side which the audience can identify with and support. Examples of these oppositions are things such as:<br />Good and evil<br />Past and present<br />Normal and strange<br />Known and unknown<br />Heaven and earth<br />

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