ChronosDragon wrote:k.bookbinder wrote:Thanks for the pizzaburger Vytron!Spoiler:Quite a bit has happened on that slope. So much tension. I cannot think of the last time in which I felt that Time was so tense. I appreciated everyone's analysis. I do wonder, though, if the journey of Cuegan might not be a somewhat literal illustration of the story as it follows Freytag's dramatic structure. OK, I apologize for the odd soundingness of that previous sentence.
So, dramatic structure is (according to Freytag): exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution. We have the destruction of the Sandcastle and the rising of the sea, which acted as the catalyst for their journey. We know that was the exposition. Perhaps their climb in altitude is a literal representation of the rising action. If they are near the summit, we may soon encounter the climax. They may descend (falling action, of course) and arrive at some resolution. The geography is representative of the dramatic structure, as well as a part of the story, and a source of conflict throughout.
This is my short analysis. I shall return in a few newpix.
Seems odd to have an exposition which is only slightly shorter than the totality of the rising action. I think something else has to happen to extend it out if that was the case.
It is easy to take a dramatic play, and say that, these acts are the exposition, these acts are the rising action, here is the falling action in this act and this one, and now at the end we have the resolution, but only whilst writing or once having observed the whole. Freytag analysis does not require that all five parts are equal. Without realizing it, we have been trying to determine these parts by dividing Time into its periods an eons and so forth. However, as we find, it is difficult to see the action in the present, and know exactly where we are. It is only after Time has passed that we can look back and see the breaks and separations, and know what was significant, and what was merely entertainment.
We do not know how much farther it is until they might reach the summit (if at all). So we could be mid-way through the rising action, or towards the end, or at the beginning. We cannot know just yet.