By Arthur Asa Berger
Arthur Asa Berger elucidates narrative concept and applies it to readers' daily studies with renowned different types of mass media. This distinct e-book demonstrates tips to interpret narratives whereas offering the research in an obtainable demeanour.
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Propp concludes, then, that attempts to study folktales in terms of their historical origins or themes or types of characters lead nowhere. He asserts that what is needed is a means of making a morphological analysis of folktales. Such analysis can make historical studies and intelligent comparisons of texts possible. Without some standard way of classifying elements, it is impossible to make intelligent comparisons between and among tales. This is necessary if one wants to address the vexing problem of why so many tales, told in many different parts of the world, are so similar.
The same applies to attempts to classify folktales according to their themes and other systems that try to make sense of folktales on the basis of types, categories, or motifs. He mentions, for example, the work of Veselovskij, who claims to have found certain motifs, the most basic units of narratives, that are allegedly indivisible; Propp shows that these motifs often can indeed be divided. Propp concludes, then, that attempts to study folktales in terms of their historical origins or themes or types of characters lead nowhere.
Stories (sequences of events), 2. texts (versions of stories), and 3. fabulas (a series of logically or chronologically related events that are caused or experienced by actors, the way in which the events are presented), (p. 5) And that is the point of departure for Bal's discussion of narrative texts. Her book has three main sections, each of which is devoted to one of the three layers enumerated above. Bal deals with a question that has interested narrative theorists for a long time: Is there a common model, or what might be described as an ur-model, upon which all narratives are based and that would enable us to recognize that something is, in fact, a narrative?