Final sequence - Dark Summer

Preliminary Exercise

Thursday, November 5, 2009

DYM Applying Levi-Strauss' Theory

Strauss argued that narrative has two main characteristics..
1. That it’s made of units that are put together according to certain rules.
2. That these units form relations with each other, based on binary opposites, which provide the basis of the structure.

The idea of opposites that he proposed roughly works out something like this, we often understand a concept by knowing what it isn’t. This, he said, meant that in texts we had direct (or roughly direct) opposites that reflected differing ideas in narratives. These opposites were often in conflict in the narrative and that was where the crux of the story or the crisis of the narrative lay.

Pale Rider
Good vs Evil
Quiet vs Loud
Still vs Action
Slow vs Fast
Night vs Day
Life vs Death
Sun vs Storm
Dark vs Light
Calm vs Panic
Innocent vs Evil
Threat vs Safety
Town vs Country
Death vs Survival
Attacker vs Victim
Cowboys vs Villagers
Peace vs Destruction
High Angle vs Low Angle
Open Space vs Enclosed
Black Horse vs White horse
Peacefull Village vs Chaotic Speed
Slow Editing vs Choppy Fast Editing
Spiritual Experience vs Everyday Normality

Die Hard
Good vs Evil
Hero (cop) vs Villians (terrorists)
Past vs Future
Home vs Away
New York vs LA
Husband vs Wife
Single vs Married
Marriage vs Career
Relaxed vs Arguing
Maiden Name vs Husband’s Surname
Outside vs Inside
Open Space vs Enclosed
Empty vs Crowded Party
Happy Light Party vs Sinister Dark Street
High Technology (terrorists) vs Old Fashioned (mcclane)
Light Upbeat Music (party) vs Dark Tense Music (terrorists)

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