The narrative structure

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1. Introduction Narrative structure is simply how a narrative is put together, so we may analyze the narrative. In other words it is the way the story unfolds. In order to arrest readers’ attention fully, the story should be worth telling. It must be extraordinary. It may involve death or danger, something amusing, the unexpected or the uncommon. The narrator must show that what he is relating is worth one’s time to hear. It all begins with a main idea. It tells us what the story is going to be about. He will pick the style according to his idea, either linear or non-linear and a genre (‘high concept hook’), which he must stay with through out the story to prevent it from flying all over the place. The narrator then will throw main characters, purposeful direction, right pace, etc into the story. Buried beneath most great films are skeletons. Strip away a film's characters, location and story and underneath you will find the bare bones of structure.

This is the framework on which the film is built. According to Syd Field, author of 'Screenplay - The Foundations of Screenwriting’, 'Structure is what holds the story in place.’ 2. Typical elements in a narrative structure Reverse engineering; take something apart, see how it works and copy it. This is exactly what Syd Field did. What did all great scripts have in common? What made them work, where others failed? The answer is 'great structure'. I am going to go in details what some of these elements are.

a) Abstract Abstract is a clause that summarizes the whole story. It is usually at the beginning of the story and is optional. Some of the writers choose to reveal the end in the beginning. In short it is an introductory summary.

b) Orientation Orientation establishes the time,