The Representation of Time and Space on the Clear Presentation of a Cause and Effect Narrative Structure

The Representation of Time and Space on the Clear Presentation of a Cause and Effect Narrative Structure

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In this essay through textual analysis I will be describing how the representation of time and space can either facilitate or hinder the clear presentation of a cause and effect narrative structure.

Firstly, I would like to discuss the representation of time and space in the Tony Scott’s film True Romance (USA, 1993) written by Quentin Tarantino. The story of the film has a linear narrative structure. The events are presented in temporal order which facilitate the clear presentation of the cause and effect of the narrative structure. The film has a voiceover at the beginning and at the end. Immediately the audience is self conscientious that the story is told through a flashback. This facilitates the understanding of the story because ‘... A flashback is simply a portion of a story that the plot presents out of chronological order.’ (Bordwell, David & Thompson, Kristin 'Narrative as a Formal System: Time,' in Film Art: An Introduction 7th ed., 2009 New York: McGraw, pp. 84–86.)

Looking at the range of narration of this film, apparently, it seems that the audience knows and sees only what the character in the film discovers and experiences (restricted narration). The viewer can even come across unrestricted narration, which means that the audience knows more than any character in the film. But the range of the film narration in True Romance moves between unrestricted and restricted as it progresses. It affects the viewer and also it hinders or facilitates the delivery of the cause and effect narrative structure.

The plot is about a comic book seller called Clarence Worley (Christian Slater). His boss decides that Clarence needs to have fun on his birthday, therefore he pays for him a prostitute, Alabama Whitman (Patricia ...


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...Therefore it may facilitates or hinders the clear presentation of cause and effect of the narrative structure.



Works Cited


Bordwell, David & Thompson, Kristin 'Narrative as a Formal System: Time,' in Film Art: An Introduction 7th ed.,2009 New York: McGraw, pp. 84–86.

Bordwell, David & Thompson, Kristin 'Narrative as a Formal System: Time,' in Film Art: An Introduction 7th ed.,2009 New York: McGraw, pp. 78–79
Bordwell, David & Thompson, Kristin 'Narrative as a Formal System: Time,' in Film Art: An Introduction 7th ed.,2009, New York: McGraw, pp. 84–85.

Bordwell, David & Thompson, Kristin 'Narrative as a Formal System: Time,' in Film Art: An Introduction 7th ed., 2009, New York: McGraw, pp. 90–91.

Bordwell, David & Thompson, Kristin 'Narrative as a Formal System: Time,' in Film Art: An Introduction 7th ed., 2009, New York: McGraw, pp. 87–88.


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