Narrative<br />Q1) Who is the hero and who is the villain? How do you know?<br />A1) During the exposition of the film, we...
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Narrative Of The Shining

Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. Narrative<br />Q1) Who is the hero and who is the villain? How do you know?<br />A1) During the exposition of the film, we learn that the hero of the film is most likely going to be the hero of the film. Not because he is intent on gaining revenge on someone, or saving someone, because that is not included in the storyline. It is because he is innocent, and informed that someone who also shared the position he was under had committed suicide due to too much stress. The villain therefore is the interviewer who informs him about the tragedy. We also learn that he is a villain because of his red tie and his tone when speaking suggests he is playing mind-games. Another possible villain however, could be the protagonist`s wife, whom also wears a red jumper. She is a “horror and gothic film addict” and her dark, dim tone connotes a very suspicious women.<br />Q2) Where is the story set? What does this tell you about the genre of the film?<br />A2) The story is set in a highly polished, middle-upper class building, and of those who work there, they are well educated citizens, therefore earning a good salary. There are a lot of offices in the building, in which many of the people working there might find themselves stressed, especially staying at the same place for the majority of the day. This already hints at mind games being played, especially as this genre is a psychological thriller, which explains it all. <br />Q3) How many characters are there?<br />A3) In principle, there are five characters involved at this stage of the film, who play key roles in the next sequence of events.<br />Q4) How is the story told? Chronologically? What is the effect?<br />A4) The story is told chronologically because in the first scene, we are shown a car driving in an isolated area from a birdeye view shot, and we are ask; why is this car so important? Where is the driver destined to go? The second shot then shows the main character enter the building, and when he is asked by the interviewer how long it took him to get there, the protagonist replies “Just under three and a half hours”. By having the story told chronologically is effective because in that way it keeps the audience in suspense, especially as tension increases.<br />Q5) What questions are you left with?<br />A5) What’s going to happen to the main character after being informed about the man who died after suffering from a mental breakdown? How is his wife going to react once he gives her the news? These are the questions we are left with at the end of part one of the Shining. <br />

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