Frequency

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Frequency refers to the amount of times an event is narrated.

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The narrator of a story has a choice of how many times an event is recounted in a certain period of time. This is referred to as the frequency, the number of times a specific event recurs throughout a narrative. A narrator, for instance, could repeat the telling of a key event several times throughout a story to either highlight its importance or exhibit its significance in relation to the progression of events. Frequency is a term coined by Gerard Genette in his book Narrative Discourse.

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