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narrative
the way events in the diegesis are told to the audience
enigma code
a way of presenting events so that the audience knows something happened but they don't know what it is. Mystery.
action code
a way of presenting events so that the audience can guess what is about to happen.
semiotic contract
Christian Metz's theory that audiences and producers have an "agreement" about the meaning of codes (e.g. face in shadow = villain)
equilibrium
Tzvetan Todorov's theory about the start of narratives: low tension and "things as they should be".
disequilibrium
Tzvetan Todorov's theory about the middle of narratives: high tension and "things as they should not be".
re-equilibrium
Tzvetan Todorov's theory about the end of narratives: low tension and "things as they should be again".