The Butterfly Effect Narrative Essay

1192 Words Oct 13th, 2008 5 Pages
Alyssa Iannotti
Art of The Moving Image
Narrative Essay
November 28, 2007

The Butterfly Effect Narrative form is simply “a type of filmic organization in which the parts relate to one another through a series of casually related events taking place in time and space.” Narration usually occurs in a cause-effect relationship. There are many factors of narration but range and depth are the most important.
The range refers to how much we know in the plot. Range connects characters and the audience through shared knowledge. One example of range in a story is ‘restricted knowledge’ where we can only discover things with the characters, meaning that we don’t know more than the characters know. On the other hand there is something
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As the film progresses we learn that when Evan blacks out he cuts out different disturbing events from when he was a child. These events not only changed his life dramatically but also his friends Kayleigh, Lenny, and Tommy’s lives as well. Throughout the years of Evans life he wrote in his journal every day, and kept every journal that he has written. One day in college Evan realizes that he can now read over his journals and suddenly be transported back to that moment. “Evan realizes that he can now reclaim his memory and rewrite the past for the benefit of his friends—especially childhood sweetheart Kayleigh. But whenever he steps back in the past to right a wrong, Evan creates havoc in the present.”
The narration of The Butterfly Effect is restricted. We only know things that Evan knows, and we, the audience, gets to learn along with Evan how to fix his problems that he caused by just changing a single thing in his life. In a way, through out the movie we are in Evan’s head because as he blacks out, we blackout as well. Evan’s blackouts make our own minds and imagination try to figure out what happened in between the blackouts. We only figure out what happens during Evan’s

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