Sherlock Narrative Conventions

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  • TV: Sherlock - Narrative
    • Seven Story Types
      • Romeo & Juliet
        • Sherlock and Watson - bromance
      • Circe
        • Chase (around London) over roof tops and streets
      • Faust
        • Cabbie selling himself to Moriarty
      • Orpheus
        • Loss - Jennifer who died and other murders
      • Achillies
        • Sherlock almost flawless - so knowledgable but he can no communicate with other people
    • Todorov
      • Equilibrum
        • Sherlock happy at work but needs a flat mate while John is struggling after war
      • Distruption
        • The murders including Jennifer Wilson - what is thought of as suicide - pills
      • Recognition
        • There is a serial killer on the loose - these suicides aren't a coincidence
      • Resolution
        • The cab driver is the murderer
      • Final equilibrum
        • Sherlock and Watson walk away from the crime scene where the cabbie was killed by John
    • Propp character types
      • Hero - Sherlock or Watson
      • Villain - Taxi driver - unknown until the end
      • Despatcher - DI Lestrade - sends Sherlock to solve a murder he cant
      • Outcast - Sherlock doesn't interact well with other people
      • Doner - Jennifer - left a big clue -Rachel
      • Unfaithful Wife - Jennifer Wilson
    • Levi - Strauss
      • Law v Crime
      • Life v Death
      • Modern v Traditional - Old v New (use of graphics/tech is new but building, music and traditions are old)
      • Police Officers v Sherlock
      • Sleuth v expert
    • Barthes
      • Cultural Code
        • London eye - audience recognizes that its set in London
      • Establishing Shot
        • Established London with landmarks
      • Enigma code
        • Who is Sherlock?
        • Was it really murder or suicide?
        • Who is Moritay

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