The plot that we decided on uses a couple of the Narrative Theories that I have looked into:
Christopher Brooker’s Seven Basic Plots
Our story plot also includes some of the seven basic plots that Christopher Brooker’s outlined in his book. There are several different stories that occur through our plot and so there are several that this narrative theory applies too. For instance the Rags to Riches plot applies to the Women’s rights movement – and throughout. At the beginning we see women without the right to vote – we then see women throughout how they have more and more rights and are able to develop further in society because of the Right to vote movement – such as being able to work. This could also be known as ‘Overcoming the Monster’. There is an element of Tradgedy which is when the child dies – or implied to die/ look very ill. We looked into countries that still have few women’s rights.
Roland Barthes’ Codes
Our story does not have one particular character. We are presented with multiple stories that follow the idea of women’s Rights and women. Roland Barthe’s Codes apply very much to this story. It uses the Hermeneutic/Engma code as the story is not explained – it is a mixture of imagery and therefore it is like a puzzle that the audience must work out from their own understanding what the meaning of the animation. This leads onto the symbolic code as the whole piece as a whole is a metaphor to that women have achieved/is achieving their status though design. There are defiantly hints of Semantic code – for example the scene that will have the girl dancing in the 1920s is a metaphor that women during this time was much free- examples of the flapper girls. Then a corset comes in and squishes are so tight that she faints. The corset is meant to be a metaphor for the word ‘inhibiting’ a constraint that made women restricted. Therefore a metaphor for society. It also highlights that women were thought as weak and faint but it was often due to the corset. It lastly uses Referential Code as our animation is set in its own world – a montage of times and uses animation (so we have used unrealistic actions – e.g a corset flying onto the body wouldn’t be realistic.
Technique – male gaze
I’m going to look at the Male gaze for a very small section – I want to highlight the point that women are still being objectified and women looking at this through the eyes of men. As well as how females feel when this occur.
Below is a diagram that I created to show our plot (as well as the sections cut down)