Narrative Codes

Hermenuetic, proairetic and semic codes.
Hermenuetic codes are used in enigmatic narratives to create unanswered questions from the viewer and is a successful technique used to create suspense in a narrative. Clues and hints are given and this experience can be frustrating to an audience.

Proairetic techniques leave the audience waiting to see what happens from the action made which creates suspense. Semic codes are reading of signs that are of cultural and stereotypical significance.
Semantic codes allow the film maker to describe characters and events. They can have an extra layer of meaning as well as their literal meaning.They are universal and can be understood by most cultures and people of the world however some more complicated semic codes we need more knowledge to understand.

Roman Barths created  these codes as he believed they are the key factors in keeping an audience in suspense and engaged within the narrative. The codes are what makes the audience ask questions.

Symbolic codes.
Symbolic codes create tension and are used to give an alternative meaning to its physical form. The ways in which symbolic codes can be shown are as follows:
Setting – The setting of a narrative gives a feeling of what the director wants to show.
Objects – Objects plant seeds in the viewers mind as to what is promised within the narrative.
Colour – colour is used to show feelings and create a mood/atmosphere.
Body language – body language is used to create a specific attitude. Posture, gesture, facial expressions and clothing.


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