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A Framed Narrative Is a Story Within a Story ' a Hero of Our Time'

  • Date Submitted: 10/05/2010 03:49 PM
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A framed narrative is a story within a story; within sometimes yet another story this structure leads the reader to question of the reasons behind each of the narrations. The narrator of the story then becomes an actual character with concomitant shortcomings, limitations, prejudices, and motives. The result of inserting one or more small stories within the body of a larger story that encompasses the smaller ones is to give the reader a more effective perception of the context within the stories. When the narrator speaks in first person it gives the narrator the ability to enter the plot speaking in the voice of personal narrative, and sometimes "know" as much or more than some third-person narrators who are supposedly "omniscient

The story a hero of our time is written in three sections. One the narrator is writing a book about his trip, “I was travelling post from Tiflis” page 5 two the narrator is telling a story a man he met on his trip ‘the caption’ “We seem to be going the same way” page 6 and three the caption is telling a story of an old friend Pechorin. “His name was… Grigory Alexandrovich Pechorin”. Page 11 This structure creates an interesting effect it makes the reader apply much more concentration towards the story as they would need to understand who is telling which story and which time structure it fits into.

By using this method of framed narrative Lermontov has created an interesting effect for the reader’s in part one, it almost sets the scene for the rest of the book. By telling the stories in this style Lermontov introduces each individual characters in a different way which allows the reader to perceive the charters through eyes of different people.

The narrator could be seen as cynical or pessimistic by Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others in this case Pechorin. “What if I steal my sister for you”.

The caption could been seen as ‘normal’...


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