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Order refers to the chronology a narrator uses to recount events of a story.



Order is a term coined by Gerard Genette in his book Narrative Discourse; it is the method by which a narrator chooses to organize and present events that comprise the story or are relevant to it. It refers to the connection between the order events have occurred in real time, and the order in which the narrator recounts them to readers. Thus, for example, events of a story could feasibly have occurred years before the narrative instance, providing the narrator with the ability to flip back and forth between real time and former times. Or, the narrator may relate events out of order due to his switching between the perspectives of different characters.


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