Monday, February 9, 2009

Readings Closure and Narrative

I was really interested in the reading on Closure. In my narrative strategies class we had to write short stories. Everyone in class had trouble with their endings. Some people in the class left their endings very open and others had a specific event that closed their stories. In the class we are studying Aristotle's Poetics and exploring narrative structures that are (this particular reading implied) conventional. There is definitely room for an open ended story but somehow in the context of my Narrative Strategies class it just felt really uncomfortable. In this reading, the importance of the cohesiveness of the story really came through to me. Even if your ending doesn't have closure, it can still be a valid ending if the story is cohesive from beginning to end.