Chapter 1 introduces the notion of narrative and narrative structure. It argues that narratives need not be publicly narrated, but can be just thought through in acts of narrative thinking. Chapter 1 also introduces the notion of perspective, grasp of which is essential to a proper grasp of narratives and their meaning. A perspective can be internal to a narrative, being the perspective of a ‘character’ in the narrative, or the perspective can be external to the narrative, being the perspective of, for example, the narrator or the audience. These perspectives can, of course, diverge.
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