The Importance Of Breaking The Frame In Literature

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When an author chooses to write outside of what is considered the “normal” procedure, we call this, breaking the frame. In literature, there are expectations. Postmodernists would call these expectations, “the frame.” These expectations, or rules often tell writers how they should write, what they should write about, how long their writing should be, and any other rules to limit the writer. Some have even described it as a form that is to be filled out. Rules and expectations were probably not created to hinder writers, however, with changing views and perspectives, writers now feel that the rules are doing just that. Writers who think that these rules serve only to be a hindrance are called “postmodernists.” These writers seem to be more …show more content…
Breaking the Frame is the use of unusual techniques. When an author is “breaking the frame,” he or she is breaking the mold that modernists would conform to. …show more content…
If a reader does not follow closely what the author is talking about, one would most likely get lost, and have to reread. The use of arrows in this selection seems to be how the author transitions. He has an average of one paragraph per arrow. Maybe this is his way of transitioning from thought to thought. Either way, he is breaking the frame. Modernists say that the first paragraph should contain the topic sentence. The first paragraph in Vonnegut’s The Breakfast of Champions talks about how he did not steal the phrase, “the breakfast of champions,” from General Mills, Inc. I thought this was comical. He then goes into talking about the person to whom the book is dedicated. This is quite odd. Most of the time an author will give maybe two sentences at the most, about the dedication. Also, this is never in the book, only on the dedication page. This is another example of how the author breaks the

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