Direct discourse

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== Definition ==
 
== Definition ==
Direct discourse and its counterpart, [[indirect discourse]], both deal with the way a narrator captures the words of a character.  Direct discourse makes an effort at [[mimesis]], attempting to represent exactly what a character says--this many times involves both "tag phrases" and narrator commentary in between.  Sometimes referred to as "direct speech."
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Direct discourse and its counterpart, [[indirect discourse]], both deal with the way a narrator captures the words of a character.  Direct discourse makes an effort at [[mimesis]], attempting to represent exactly what a character says--this many times involves narrator commentary in between and surrounding the speech.  Sometimes referred to as "direct speech."
  
 
== Examples ==
 
== Examples ==

Revision as of 10:56, 16 May 2008

Direct discourse refers to the quoted words of a character given by the narrator.

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Definition

Direct discourse and its counterpart, indirect discourse, both deal with the way a narrator captures the words of a character. Direct discourse makes an effort at mimesis, attempting to represent exactly what a character says--this many times involves narrator commentary in between and surrounding the speech. Sometimes referred to as "direct speech."

Examples

Direct discourse: "John said:--I am doing it."

Indirect discourse: "John said that he was doing it." (Prince 21).

Critical Debates

{is the term contested, challenged, defined differently, etc.?}

Related Terms

discourse, indirect discourse

References

Prince, Gerald. Dictionary of Narratology University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln, 2003.

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