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  • 1. Part AIn relation to a film

2. Todorov specified that there are fivedifferent stages of narrative. Equilibrium (normality) Disequilibrium (Conflict of equilibriumcaused by event) Recognition of disequilibrium Attempt to repair disequilibrium New equilibrium (New norm)By this Todorov meant the commonstructure of beginning middle and end. 3. These are the ways in which Equilibrium (Normality)is applied toArmageddon at the beginning Normal, everyday banter between manager and worker (normal) Here are men, at work, (normal) Sexual relationship between man and woman (normal)This conforms to Todorovs narrative theory as the beginning always startsof with a sense of normality 4. These are the ways in which Disequilibrium (problem) is applied to Armageddonin the middle of the filmAstronomers discoverthat an asteroid will hitearth and destroy theentire universe(problem) They learn that the asteroid is due to hit earth in 18 days(problem) This conforms to Todorovs narrative theory, as he states that there is always some sort of dilemma in the narrative of a film. 5. These are the ways in which recognition of disequilibrium is appliedto Armageddon during the middle of the film The best drillers, are called to help drill and destroy the asteroid (recognition of problem) The drillers are taught how to be an astronaut, so they can go to space and drill the asteroid, before it hits earth (recognition of problem) This conforms to Todorovs narrative theory as he states that the problem is always recognised 6. These are the ways in which the disequilibrium is repaired, coming tothe end of the film. The men are attempting to drill a massive hole in the asteroid to destroy it (Repairing problem) A bomb is put inside the asteroid and the whole thing is blown up(Repairing problem) This conforms to Todorovs narrative theory, as he states that in the narrative of a film the problem is always solved. 7. These are the ways in which New equilibrium is applied at the endof Armageddon Father and son are united and brought closer together. This is the start of a new father son relationship New equilibriumCouple are gettingmarried, symbolising anew beginning NewequilibriumThis conforms to Todorovs narrative theory, as he states that the narrative of afilm tends to end with a new normality 8. Part B 9. Strauss supposed that our world is madeup of binary of differences, contradictions,conflict or opposites.For exampleNight/dayGood/BadDaoppositesHe claimed that themes within storiesconsists rk lightMale/femaleWithout realising, we recognise theessential conflict in relation to narrativewhich is familiar in stories and filmsThese opinions are fundamental to ourability to make meanings of our lives 10. Action FilmOpposite 1Oppostie2 Why they are oppositesTaken 1)2) Male /female Parent /child Wise / naive Powerful/defenceless Mature /young 11. HorrorFilm Opposite 1 Opposite 2Why they are opposites 1) 2)Male/femaleChainsawFat/slimmassacreUgly/prettyBrown hair/blonde hairDominant/inferior 12. ThrillerFilmOpposite 1Opposite2 Why they areoppositesDrag me to hell 1)2)Old/youngHideous/attractiveEvil/goodpoor/wealthyVillain/victim 13. DramaFilmOpposite 1Opposite 2 Why they are oppositesSlum dog1)2) Bad/goodmillionaire sinful/innocent ugly/handsome