Part 3, Project 1 – Exercise: Looking at structure

“The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe” – C.S.Lewis
1) How do the events that make up the plots unfold?
Juxtaposition. Good versus bad, Lucy versus Edmund, White Witch versus Aslan. This all culminates in a collective viewpoint at the battle.

2) Which different structural techniques has the author used?
Alternating viewpoints, a journey.

3) Why do you think they chose to use these particular techniques rather than others?
To create tension, excitement and highlight the progressive nature of the adventure.

4) How does the structure help your appreciation of the story?
I loved the pace of the story which was undoubtedly helped by its structure. It also helped me view the good vs bad element which I love.

5) Why do you think the author has chosen to tell the story in this way?
Children like baddies and to highlight against the good protagonists helps the evil characteristics stand out.

“Blood Ties” – Sophie McKenzie
1) How do the events that make up the plots unfold?
One character suspects his family, gets another girl involved, between them they get embroiled in dangerous mission to uncover a truth; two single juxtaposed lives that then join forces.

2) Which different structural techniques has the author used?
Alternating viewpoint; every chapter switches between Rachel and Theo.

3) Why do you think they chose to use these particular techniques rather than others?
Both lives were connected but at the start they didn’t know it. We need to see the individual characters to determine and deduce the connections for ourselves. This makes characterisation stronger and easier to keep track of when more than one protagonist.

4) How does the structure help your appreciation of the story?
It makes it very clear that there are two protagonists that are going to be linked and through no fault of their own. You as the reader get to understand each viewpoint, each character during every chapter.

5) Why do you think the author has chosen to tell the story in this way?
For clarity, drama, excitement, immediacy, pace.

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