GEK1049: Tutorial 2, Beginnings & Ends
NT, Chapter 2:
Beginnings and Ends.
by Alicia Rasley (1997)
to Handle the Beginnings and Endings of Your Stories by
Ending of The Lord of the Rings (Sparknotes)
Putting Endings First by Chip Scanlan Poynteronline
(16 June 2004)
Ten story beginnings to avoid by William Meikle
All students should answer all the questions
below. You should give your own examples in your responses to each
- How do narratives begin?
- Do all narratives begin the same way?
- In a given social situation, how do you begin to tell a story?
Are there situations where telling a story is impossible?
- What are the features to be found at the beginning of a
- Can narratives begin at the end? In this
regard, are there different ideas of beginning and end?
- If there are different ideas for what is a beginning
and what is an end, is it possible for a narrative to
end at the beginning?
- Are we really talking in relative terms here when we say
that a narrative can begin at the 'end' and end at the
'beginning' (i.e. the 'end' at the beginning occurs before the
absolute end, and the 'beginning' at the end occurs after the
- Can there be several 'beginnings' after the overall beginning
of a narrative? Likewise, can there be several 'ends' before the
final end of a narrative? Why are there several 'beginnings' and
'ends' before the final end of a narrative?
- Graphic narratives, as you know, may be realised in the form
of single-frame cartoons or complete paintings on single
canvasses. Where are the beginning and end of a graphic
narrative with a single frame?