The rhythms of narrative tension and its cultural satisfaction
Frank Miller’s 300
Critics reading narratives as progressions, that’s to say, from beginning to end, prefer to see meaning emerge as a result of the interaction between different elements in the narrative, rather than of the imposition of a priori cultural schemata. This article, however, argues for the possibility of using a priori cultural schemata, as long as these pass through the filters established by theories of narrative progression. To show how this is done, I will interpret Frank Miller’s comic 300 by letting a tool of cultural-semantic analysis interact with narrative tension in the form of suspense, curiosity, and surprise. I argue that the back and forth between narrative tension and the tool accounts not only for the content of the comic but also for its basic narrative rhythm.
Keywords: 300 , cultural-semantic tool, Frank Miller, modality, narrative progression, narrative rhythm, narrative tension
Published online: 19 October 2018
Candel, Daniel et al.
Fischer, Andreas[ p. 197 ]
Shen, Dan[ p. 198 ]
Spiro, Rand J.
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