The Characteristics Of Narrative Criticism In The Serial Podcast

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Everyone has heard of Narratives, and being critics is a one of those human instincts that comes naturally, but what exactly is Narrative criticism? Narrative criticisms focus on stories or events that help us make sense of specific areas in our daily human experiences. There are four elements that play a role in this. First off a narrative most consist of two or more events that are active. Also, they must be organized in a time order fashion. Thirdly, narrative has a casual or contributing relationship, and lastly it must have a unified subject. All of these elements are involved when analyzing settings, characters, and narrators. Sonja Foss frames the study of visual rhetoric which involves symbols, human interactions, and purposes for communicating. …show more content…
This is most applicable in the Adnan Syed case where it is very easy to choose a side and close the door to any other opinions. It’s very easy to see one side and argue any other opinions that don’t correlate to one view. Throughout the Serial podcast by Sarah Koeing the most ridiculed character is Jay Wild. He is a very important person in the case of Hae Lee, without him there would not have been a real conviction against Adnan at all. Why is this important though? Thoughts are up in the air when it comes to the truthfulness of Jays testimony, especially when he is involved, but gets off scotch free due to his allegations against Adnan. Although he was able to bargain a plea deal, he ran the risk of putting himself behind bars in order to let what he believes to be the truth out in the open. The choice of doing a narrative analysis on Jay Wilde was to see through his eyes the day leading up to the murder and the murder itself. Why do critics continue to give off the impression Jay Wild is lying and what has Jay’s role willing be throughout Adnan’s …show more content…
In Baltimore Adnan Syed was known for the most part as the nice, sweet, charming guy that is incapable of committing murder. Where as Jay Wild was known as more of the “bad boy” dealing drugs and was someone you would not want to mess with. Some peers also noted that he was one to fabricate stories so knowing when he was telling the truth could be a hard task. With two outstanding different reputations the setting helped the audience lean in favor of the villain, Adnan. Accusing Jay of lying was an easier coping mechanism than accepting the fact someone like Adnan was capable of murder. The many events in the revealing of the truth were both significant in some cases and in other, more proof that Jay was with Adnan the day of the murder like he says. Kernel events that Jay explains that help give authenticity to his testimony is the where about of Hae Lee’s car. Jay showed the detectives where she parked therefore making his statement more reliable. Another kernel event was Jays timeline of the day Hae was murder in comparison to the cell phone towers that logged where Adnan’s cellphone was located at during what time. Another event that Jay said took place was that they went to the mall after Adnan disposed of the body and Jenn met them there to pick Jay up, this is a satellite event because if Adnan had never murdered Hae in the first place who knows if they would have been there together, but Jenn is

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