Advanced Writing with English in Use 2 by Cory

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His account relies on the classic distinction between story and plot, discussed earlier, and on the acute observation that narrativity cannot be defined by reference to the narrated world alone, but depends on interplay between two temporalities: that of the narrated events, and that of their telling. As he points out, events are rarely presented in the order in which they have occurred, and explanatory information about their reconstruction is often withheld from the reader. The psychologically defined reader responses of curiosity, surprise, and suspense thus represent three distinct aspects of the reading process and are strictly related to the way information is ultimately revealed in a story.

The “stepping down from the curb” can causally lead to “crossing the street”, or can become a part (sub-event) of the still larger event of “getting to school”, and so on.  75). , 2008). But how do we know what these goals may be? The traditional answer is that we may know about or infer those goals from the context and the interactions the context provides. The discussion of perceptual causality from the previous section can help us see why this presents a wrong framing of the problem here. Rather than analyze mere movement, and rely on inference to gain access to intentions, we can now argue that intentions are manifested directly in goal-directed movements.

Narrative, in other words, is a specifically causal, intentional way of linking those events. Another point to be made before we proceed further is the question of choice of the events that make up a narrative. Even the simplest story will omit a number of events from its exposition for the sheer impossibility of including all elements that causally contribute to a particular culminating event. The elements that a narrative mentions will be the ones that are deemed most salient by the storyteller and lead to the particular goal(s) or resolution(s) that she is trying to convey.

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