Narrative Analysis 201

Intermediate Concepts, Skills, and Ideas


Now that you’ve mastered the basics of Narrative Analysis, you’re ready to dive into higher level concepts. Level up your reading, writing, and critique skills with intermediate literary techniques like Tone, Pacing, and Exposition. 

Intermediate Techniques


How characters express themselves, using spoken or written words.


Different ways to dispense must-know information without losing the audience’s attention.


Every character should want something. The story shows whether they get it, and how.

What Remains of Edith Finch: The House


How the speed of a story changes from line to line and scene to scene.

Setup and Payoff

Using foreshadowing to plant questions, then answering them at the opportune time.

Showing and Telling

Despite the oft-repeated axiom, ‘show, don’t tell,’ both showing and telling have a place in storytelling. 


What happens if a character doesn’t achieve their goal? What happens if they do? 

Prototype: Alex Mercer


The imbalance of information between the characters and the audience keeps the story interesting.


Tone is the emotional expression of a story’s theme, as well as the source of mood and atmosphere. 


 Commonly-used narrative devices, also known as tropes, are an essential tool in all forms of storytelling. 


Ticking clocks and time bombs: the classic narrative devices that keep stories moving.