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When one hears the word “narrative”, one conjures images of great detail that span through time and discourse. They vary from a narrator’s voice-over at the start of a film to a tortured teen’s grapples with adulthood, to an oil-painted woman’s mysterious half-smile. These various forms of narrative all have on thing in common: detail. Contrarily, Abbott states that a narrative does not need detail. An event and entity are the sole “building blocks” required (Abbott, 17). A narrative that basic lacks the very ingredient about which he speaks to such great degree- imagination. Literature and storytelling are based in inspiration and insight, not in requirements on a list to be checked off. A narrative should not be reduced to a banal, narrow string of words about a dog or flea. It is appropriate to agree with Abbott’s point that humans are inclined to express events and actions in poetic, drawn-out form. The cushion of background- of less crucial events and extra detailing are the supplementary events, which I believe to be tantamount
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Unformatted text preview: to constituent events, though Abbotts tone marks them as inferior. His section on this topic immediately brought me to my favorite film, Garden State . I was reminded of the directors use of more insignificant events to deepen the protagonists persona. Looking back at the film, I relish the supplementary events, not the constituent events, for they are more abstractly present, and therefore more interesting. Though Abbott describes narrative as an imaginative human instinct, his form and style are devoid of imagination- clinical at certain points. Form, style and content should complement one another. Therefore, to use such stellar examples and images to teach the reader, but to teach in such a stale manner, is almost hypocritical. Overall, however, from a content standpoint, Abbott has many great points, though he may not articulate them in the most interesting manner....
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course COMP-LIT 121 taught by Professor Danielpope during the Fall '09 term at UMass (Amherst).

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