Narrative theory in The Crazies

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<ul><li> 1. NARRATIVE THEORY IN THE CRAZIES</li></ul><p> 2. DOES THE CRAZIES FOLLOW THE CHN? WHY OR WHY NOT? Classic Hollywood Narrative or CHN is the thought that all movies have a beginning situation, a problem in the middle and then a new situation. The hero is identified at the start of the movie, and then the goal. An obstacle is then introduced, finishing the movie with the hero getting past said obstacle and achieving the goal. This also goes along the same lines as Tzvetan Todorovs theory that a movie starts with an equilibrium, followed by a disruption to the equilibrium and then ending with a new equilibrium. 3. DOES THE CRAZIES FOLLOW THE CHN? WHY OR WHY NOT? The Crazies does not follow this entirely. The movie starts with about 40 seconds of shots of a town on fire. This is not an equilibrium or normal. After this, the words two days earlier appear on screen. It is then cut to a town, presumably the same town, looking normal and happy. The disruption then does happen with people catching the virus, trixie and then the army coming in the help get rid of it. The two main characters Judy and David manage to escape the town before it is set alight. They head for a new town that appears to be normal. This would be considered the new equilibrium. As the movie ends, a news broadcast comes up from the new town. The news broadcast is then interupted by an infected man, causing further disruption, therefore the movie does not end with the new equilibrium. 4. DOES THE CRAZIES FOLLOW THE CHN? WHY OR WHY NOT? 5. DOES THE CRAZIES FOLLOW THE CHN? WHY OR WHY NOT? 6. DOES THE CRAZIES FOLLOW THE CHN? WHY OR WHY NOT? 7. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM? Propps character types are the villian, the dispatcher, the helper, the princess/prize, her father, the donor, the hero and the false hero. 8. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM? The character type that I can identify in The Crazies is firstly the hero. This is quickly identified as David, the sheriff, after he shoots and kills Rory, a supposedly drunk man with a gun who has interrupted a local baseball game. His helper is then seen to be Russell, the deputy sheriff, who warns David about Rorys presence, and then walks behind David as he approaches Rory. 9. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?David, the hero tries to persuade Rory to put the gun down. He stood is stood in front of Russell, meaning he has more power over people then Russell does. 10. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?David (right) looks stronger than Russell. He is also the sheriff and Russell is the deputy sheriff, meaning he is probably better at the job. 11. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?David takes charge and stands in the front. This makes him the bravest one here. Russell stands slightly behind as he is the deputy. 12. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM? Another helper is Judy, Davids wife, who goes with David and Russell to escape the virus. It can also be argued that Judy is a hero because she makes it to the end of the movie and is seen as more important than Russell. 13. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?Judy shows more emotion than David, making her a more feminine character. David feels he has to protect her because she might not be as strong as him. 14. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?Judy is prepared to shoot the infected humans, her emotions have disappeared and this makes her more of a hero who will fight back. 15. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?Judy fought back against the infect people in the car wash and managed to escape them, unlike Becca, the other female character in the car wash. This means she is stronger than Becca is. 16. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM? Another helper is Becca, Judys hospital assistant. She tries to help but isnt that good as she gets killed in a car wash by an infected person. 17. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?Becca is the weaker female. She stands near the back so that she can have other peoples protection because she is not strong enough to fight for herself. 18. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?Becca is killed in the carwash because she couldnt fight back against the infected humans. 19. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM? The villains are the people infected by the virus, trixie, because the virus turns them into murderous people who will try to kill anyone that they come across. 20. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?The are identified by their look. Their appearance gets worse the longer that their time with trixie goes on. 21. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?They will try to murder anyone that they come across. 22. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?Trixie suffers attacking David. They happen to be the family of Rory, who David shot at the start of the movie. 23. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?They sneak up behind people. They are usually quite calm until they start attacking. 24. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM? The people who could also be considered villains are the government, who ordered soldiers to come in to try to rid the town of the virus. They end up taking anyone who is sick, which means innocent people, like Judy, who has a temperature because she is pregnant, is taken and put into quarantine. These soldiers end up shooting anyone. 25. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?The army took in anyone that was ill, and strapped them to gurneys. 26. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?Judy strapped down. 27. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?The army. 28. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM? Later on in the movie, the donor is shown to be Russell as he realizes that he has been infected, he tells David and Judy that he will give his life by distracting the soldiers so that they can get past and on route to their prize a new town, to live their lives in peace. 29. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?Russell catches the armys attention so that Judy and David can sneak past. They shoot him. 30. HOW MANY OF PROPPS CHARACTER TYPES CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE FILM?David and Judy sneak past the high school where the army are being distracted by Russell. 31. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY. Known vs. unknown is the first binary opposition I see in the movie. What is known and unknown during the movie does change.At the beginning of the movie, it is known that this is quite an ordinary town. What is unknown is why some people are acting bizarrely and being unresponsive and murderous. As the movie goes one, people know that there is something wrong when the army has to intervene to try to stop a virus going around. 32. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.It isnt known why Rory is acting strange. David presumes that he was drunk, but later realizes that he had caught trixie. 33. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.The army comes in the help get rid of the virus. 34. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY. Government vs. the people could be another binary opposition. The government calls in the army to rid the town of the virus, trixie. This allows them to just kills anyone. Innocent people are taken in, suspected of catching the virus. No one is allowed to escape the town, being killed if they are caught doing so. In the end the blow up the entire town. 35. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.The army shoots Scottys (Beccas boyfriend) mum as she runs out to him after he has been shot himself. 36. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.Judy and David watch as their town is blown up. 37. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY. Human vs. alien could be applied here. The humans would be the normal, uninfected people and the aliens being the people who have been transformed by the virus that they have caught. 38. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.The virus caused humans to turn into murderous aliens. 39. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.He has set fire to his house that is containing his family. He is showing no human emotion towards this unlike David and Judy. 40. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY. Strong vs. weak can be applied to David, Judy, Russell and Becca. There is a fight for survival between the four, but Becca loses this battle a lot faster than everyone else. This is because she cant fight off the infected in the carwash as quickly as everyone else. 41. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.Becca cant fight back as well as the others and ends up getting hanged. 42. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.Becca finds protection behind everyone else. 43. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY. Civilized vs. uncivilized could be applied to how the humans work as a civilized community with doctors and sheriffs and baseball matches and lack or murder. When some humans become infected with the virus they become uncivilized murdering every civilized human in their path. 44. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.Judy and Becca work at the medical centre. They have civilized jobs where they help the community. 45. LIST FIVE EXAMPLES OF BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE FILM AND EXPLAIN THEM BRIEFLY.A civilized person would have helped the people who were strapped to the gurneys to get out. This infected person instead walks around the room stabbing them with a garden fork. 46. IDENTIFY THE THREE DURATIONS AND GIVE AN ESTIMATE OF THE TIME EACH DURATION COVERS. The three durations are story duration, screen duration and plot duration. 47. IDENTIFY THE THREE DURATIONS AND GIVE AN ESTIMATE OF THE TIME EACH DURATION COVERS. Plot duration is the amount of time that has passed in the story of the film. We know that it is three days in The Crazies because whilst David, Judy and Russell are talking to the government agent Judy asks how long the incubation period is. He answers with 48 hours to which David replies that it is day three and the story starts on the first day, therefore it is three days. 48. IDENTIFY THE THREE DURATIONS AND GIVE AN ESTIMATE OF THE TIME EACH DURATION COVERS. Screen duration is the length on time that the film is literally. The Crazies is 101 minutes long. This is how long it takes to watch it. 49. IDENTIFY THE THREE DURATIONS AND GIVE AN ESTIMATE OF THE TIME EACH DURATION COVERS. Story duration is like plot duration but also includes events that we are told about like the plane containing the virus landing in the crashed plane and the creating of said virus. This could be any length, depending on how long it took to create the virus. We are told that the virus is headed towards an incinerator in Texas, meaning that it has probably only just been created. It could have taken a couple of years to create the virus. We are told that it was to be used to destabilize a population, meaning that it was probably tested and researched for a long time before it could be used or it could have not taken that long because they hadn't realized that it could severely damage people. This period could last anything from 10 years or even about to about half a year or a year. We arent given much information about how long the virus took to create. 50. GIVE TWO EXAMPLES OF EVENTS THAT CAUSE LATER EVENTS IN THE FILM BUT WHICH OCCUR BEFORE THE FILM STARTS. The main thing that obviously happened before the film starts is the sending of the trixie virus to Ogden Marsh. At the start of the film everyone (including the audience and characters) is completely unaware of the virus. When the sheriff shoots Rory, he just assumes that he had been drinking. It is during the film that they are told how to virus got there. David tries to turn the water off because this is how he thinks people are catching the virus but it doesnt work. We do see them being told by a government agent that the virus trixie had been on a crashed plane that was earlier found by David.This is the virus that causes all of these people to turn into murderous monsters. 51. GIVE TWO EXAMPLES OF EVENTS THAT CAUSE LATER EVENTS IN THE FILM BUT WHICH OCCUR BEFORE THE FILM STARTS.David and Russell find the plane that they assume was carrying whatever is infecting the people who use the water. 52. GIVE TWO EXAMPLES OF EVENTS THAT CAUSE LATER EVENTS IN THE FILM BUT WHICH OCCUR BEFORE THE FILM STARTS.David asking a government agent what was on the plane. He tells him that it is the virus, trixie 53. GIVE TWO EXAMPLES OF EVENTS THAT CAUSE LATER EVENTS IN THE FILM BUT WHICH OCCUR BEFORE THE FILM STARTS. Before the film starts, Judy got pregnant. David and Judy have got a room for the baby in their house and it is decorated with everything. They didnt plan on the town getting infected.The fact that Judy is pregnant, means that when she is taken into the high school to be tested for illnesses, she is confirmed positive and taken away from David. She only has a temperature that has been caused by the pregnancy. 54. GIVE TWO EXAMPLES OF EVENTS THAT CAUSE LATER EVENTS IN THE FILM BUT WHICH OCCUR BEFORE THE FILM STARTS.Judy looking at what is supposed to be her babys bedroom. 55. LIST TWO EVENTS FROM THE 92 MINUTE FILM THAT HAPPEN IN A DIFFERENT TIME AND SPACE TO THE ONE WE ARE SHOWN. Everyone that catches the virus does so in a different time and space to what we are shown. We never see the people catching it so we dont know how it happens. We see some of the characters as normal and then they catch the virus and their faces turn different and they act differently. 56. LIST TWO EVENTS FROM THE 92 MINUTE FILM THAT HAPPEN IN A DIFFERENT TIME AND SPACE TO THE ONE WE ARE SHOWN. Peggy and Curt before and after they got infected. We dont see the middle part where they actually catch the virus. 57. LIST TWO EVENTS FROM THE 92 MINUTE FILM THAT HAPPEN IN A DIFFERENT TIME AND SPACE TO THE ONE WE ARE SHOWN. We also dont see the infected humans making their way to the next t...</p>