Narrative Codes
This French critic devised five different narrative codes that
we can use when analysing media products;
Action codes
The ...
The Semic code
This code is all about signs and meanings in a
text that tell us about its narrative and characters
e.g. in...
Binary Oppostions
Strauss believed that the way we understood certain
words depends not so much on any meaning they
themselves directly cont...
I think within our thriller film, we will use Strauss’
theory due to the fact we aim to show the opposites of
human and su...
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Narrarive codes

Narrative Codes and Binary Opposites
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. Narrative Codes
  • 2. This French critic devised five different narrative codes that we can use when analysing media products; Action codes The audience will recognise an action code in a media text as it is used to indicate what is the next logical step. It advances the narrative e.g the buckling of a gun belt in a western film signifies the start of a gun fight. Mystery code or Enigma code: This code is used to explain the narrative by controlling what and how much information is given to the audience. It grabs the audience’s interest and attention by setting up enigma or problem that is resolved during the course of the narrative e.g. someone's murderous hand in the opening sequence-who does it belong to?...
  • 3. The Semic code This code is all about signs and meanings in a text that tell us about its narrative and characters e.g. in a horror film, the supernatural would be signified by the fear of light/garlic and increase in body hair etc. The Cultural Code This code is used in order for the narrative to make sense to a culturally and socially aware audience. It makes reference to elements from the real world that the audience will recognise e.g. Aston Martins and Martinis in James Bond films. Code of Oppositions This code refers to a narrative that relies on binary opposites e.g. black vs white, hot vs cold, male vs female, nature vs civilisation, war vs peace etc.
  • 4. Binary Oppostions
  • 5. Strauss believed that the way we understood certain words depends not so much on any meaning they themselves directly contain but by our understanding the difference of the word and its opposite. He then produces the theory of Binary Opposites. This helped an audience to establish bad and good characters within a film. Binary opposites are frequently used in films, especially in the horror genre, many of the films include binary oppositions in their plots. The understanding of the word ‘villain’ depends on the difference between that word and the opposing word ‘hero’. Good and evil are the most common binary opposite shown to the public through the media field on different platforms, sane and insane, rational and irrational and human and supernatural are also common binary opposites known to the public.
  • 6. I think within our thriller film, we will use Strauss’ theory due to the fact we aim to show the opposites of human and supernatural with Bertie being possessed by the devil and trying to fight it and hero vs villain which are both Bertie as Bertie in his human form know what he’s doing it wrong and tries to put a stop to his actions (hero) however the devil side to him being the villain keeps trying to kill and possess others.