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  • 1. Suggested that there are 5 stages ofnarrative: Equilibrium Disequilibrium Recognition of disequilibrium attempt to repair disequilibrium New Equilibrium.

2. In the film Django unchained, slavery was present and was set In a western style.This was shown through the costuming presented and also props. Through this equilibrium is portrayed as is was normal to have Black people asslaves working for White people and were therefore of a lower class within thehierarchy. This is also another scene which presents equilibrium as the men are all aligned with very little clothing and with shackles attached to them as if they were animals. During these times, it was normal as they would often go out and do manual work with very little care from there masters. 3. During Django the conflict had started when the slaves were led into a forest areaand had the choice to shoot there slave master and break free or save him and livelike they did.This opinion was given to them by another White man with recognition from othermen and power. Through this the slaves took the chance of shooting there master, becoming run awayslaves and starting a new life One man called Django however stood out from the slaves and wanted revenge. 4. During Django the conflict had started when the slaves were led into a forest area and had the choice to shoot there slave master and break free or save him and live like they did. This opinion was given to them by another White man with recognition from other men and power. These images above show prime examples during the film ofoccurring conflict and the partnership which the two men had. This was very rare due to the racial prejudice and through out themovie it was frowned upon as they didnt want to interact with theniggers, other than demanding chores and whipping themcausing physical and mental pain. 5. During the battle and revenge which had been placed upon the white masters or people withempowerment during his slavery days, quest for the beloved taken wife (also a slave) had begunand he was journey was not going to stop until everyone was satisfied. . Django had locatedwhere his wife was and cooked up a scheme to get her back from her slave master called Candy.However, his plan didnt go according to plan and another slave had found out about his planand informed Candy as it was his wife in which he wanted to buy back. Candy retaliated andmade things difficult alerting both Django and his partner in crime that he knows this young lady isof value to them.To repair his life and start afresh Django was willing to do anything to get his wife back and thatincluded having a shoot out (common in western films) and to end the job he blew up the mastershouse. 6. The new equilibrium was introduced when Django had gotten allwhat he wanted and had found his wife and was ready to start hislife ahead. This meant that all his long struggle and quest to find his wife againwas over and his new life had just begun. 7. Levi- Strass believes the world is described in binary opposites. He believed opposition offeredstructure to texts including stories, plays, books, and films. 8. Film Opposite 1 Opposite 2 Explanation Slum-dogJamal-protecting his love millionaire Millionaire-protecting his money Jamal- loving Millionaire- Caniving Jamal is theJamal- innocent character who is all This is the former Millionaire- Gang rounded and is inmillionaire who is willing trades. search of his oneto protect his own in order to true love who wasstay rich and in the place split from him which he is in now. from a young age. 9. Film Opposite 1Opposite 2 ExplanationParanormalAlexs family- lovingand caringactivity 4Katie- out to get whatshe wantsAlexs family-willingto helpKatie- willing to killAlexs family- an Alex is a member of the Katie, on the otherinnocent family family who hadhand, is the evilKatie- A possessed adopted a young boy possessed woman andwoman who has an evil originally called is out to get a boy in spirit within her. Hunter-loving and Alexs family due to caring for others(previous promises to the willing to help). spiritual world. 10. FilmOpposite 1 Opposite 2 Explanation Thor Jane- innocentLoki- guiltyJane- caringLoki-selfishJane- values loyaltyLoki- values powerJane is determined toLoki constantlyhelp Thor to return to values his power andhis home land andis willing to do anything to becomedo whats best for his king.people( no matterhow mad it sounds). 11. FilmOpposite 1 Opposite 2 Explanation Avatar Jake Sully- the saviourCaptain- The destroyerJake sully- learnt theirculture and valuesCaptain- is notinterested The main character Jake The main captain isSully entered the Avatar not interested or has no Jake Sully- valuesworld viewing thereconsideration for thehonourculture, norms and Avatar world and Captain- values powervalues and with thesimple wants toclashing views of this destroy it for thecaptain in the real world, benefit of himself andJake had done whatever itthe power in his orders.took to stop the captainand his team fromdestroying there worldand environment. 12. FilmOpposite 1Opposite 2Explanation Orphan Family- caring andthoughtfulEster- only wants tofeel wanted by a manFamily- wanted tocall her there ownchildThis is a loving family The orphan on the other Ester-wanted towho thought of children hand is a grown destroy the familywithout a family andwoman who has anwas willing to take anillness and therefore Family-An innocentorphan into there home. will always looksmall familyyoung. She is veryEster- A traumatisedviolent, in fact out to young girl with atake peoples boyfriendhuge impact.within the family andif it doesnt work outshes out to kill. 13. Barthes theory ; The audiences experience of thenarrative involves ANTICIPATION andEXPECTATION of a resolution todisruption/conflict; Barthes theory ofcodes of encourage the audience toseek answers and clues to make themanticipate outcomes. These codes were identified as: Enigma Code Action code Semantic Code Symbolic Code Cultural Code 14. Narratives set up as puzzles to be solved portraying a sense of mystery to engage theaudience The image is taken from the film Doghouse. Images such as this would raise questions like how did the bride get in such state?what caused this? etc. 15. Action Codes are codes of behaviour and actions which leads the audience toexpect certain consequences based on other films and their conventionsThriller/Mystery Slasher/Horror RomanceAction- Villain/Killer Action- Going into a Action- understandshas as a lethalisolated area. and re-unites afterweapon. conflict.Assumption- theAssumption- This Assumption- Thevictim is going to would lead to getcouple would getdie. killed.back together. 16. Semantic codes shows connotative meanings of characters, objects, locations.We learn from experience about these denotations and connotations and iconographic features work in same way . COLOUR=BLUE ExampleDrama/RomanceThriller/HorrorBlue shows Calmness.Blue show a very sterile unity 17. Things we learn from are things like: Villain:Superman:UglyMuscular SelfishHandsome Strongest of theHeroic evil worldFighting for Everyone hatesthe rightComes tothing. destroy 18. Iconographic features have clear connotations and meanings to audience. For Example:The use of car chases at a constant fast Battles/ fights for something (apace main goal which they are after) 19. Symbolic features often signify oppositions.An Example of this would be Deliver me from Eva= Eva has been hurt previously and so was very arrogant when it can to men. A man was introduced to come into her life at first as a dare but he began to fall for her, however she was still very harsh. The man was a party man however very relaxed and calm with women but on the other hand, Eva is a very stern and uptight woman protecting herself.More relaxedandexperienced.Eva is morestern andprotective 20. Cultural codes are outside the text and knowledge we commonly share tobring understanding of the meaning in the text. Often refers to things withinpopular culture within historical events. An example of this would be Red Dawn 2012 Red Dawn was made in 1984 however in 2012nthey modernised it adaptingit to the modernised ways in society such as better made guns as weapons. 21. Formed two theories, the first about distinctive charactertypes called the Spheres of action. As they are based onhistoric fairy tales and folklore, this theory might be veryrecognisable and rather simplistic. 7 Spheres of action: 1.Hero 2. Villain 3.Dispather 4. Donor 5.Helper 6.heroine 7. False Hero 22. The hero is constantly on a search or a quest for something or someone. They aretraditionally male but it is not always the case and shows or restoresdisequilibrium. The hero usually wins the Princess or the thing which is worth the search anddefeats the villain (again usually and this is not always the case). The hero is commonly seen as very attractive and muscular etc.(explained on aprevious slide). In Enchanted there was a twist, as the princess fell in love with another man, and had to save theman as he was captured hostage so therefore she is the hero. 23. The villain was Queen Narissa andalmost enforced disequilibrium as shepushes the princess in a magicalportal with made the princess enterthe realist world of New York. TheQueen installs power by capturingRobert Phillip who the Princess was inlove with and holding him captive. 24. Although, the QueenNarissa was the villainshe was somewhatalso the dispatcher asshe distracts theprincess potentiallover throughconstant battlespreventing him fromthinking of thePrincess. 25. The donor is the person who helps thehero by giving the hero a gift, skill,weapon or advice to help them on theirquest/journey. In this case, again the donor is the witchas she gives one of her assistants anapple in order to harm the princess. 26. The helper is the assistant (the help) to restore equilibrium/ normality and canbe a sidekick etc.