Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Television Crime Drama and Binary Oppositions

Binary Oppositions


The theorist Levi-Strauss suggested that conflict drives narrative, so it is made up of a series of binary oppositions


For example:


Good versus evil
The maverick detective versus the traditional detective who goes by the book
Male versus female
Older versus younger
Black versus white
Police versus criminal
Police versus lawyer/solicitor
Power versus vulnerability
Chaos versus order
Criminal activity versus decent citizenship
Justice versus injustice

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