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Strong Woman

By Meg Aumann, 2006 3:38 minutes

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Meg's story is one of losing herself and then remembering her past self through her friendships. In Strong Woman, Meg tells of her journey into darkness and her return. She embarks on her travels as a happy young woman and finds her way back through resilience and determination.

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How do we structure a story?

Strong Woman introduces the idea of conveying a message. It is an example of a compelling, emotional story with a powerful narrative that follows a clearly defined structure. The language and images used are simple and direct, and it features the three classic stages of a story arc: introduction of the protagonist, development of the plot or issue, and resolution.

  • What are your initial reactions to Meg’s story?
  • Meg conveys a complicated and emotional story in a simple and direct manner. How does she do this?
  • How does Meg convey her emotions through sound and image?
  • How does Meg depict her boyfriend in photographs? What effect does this have on our understanding of her relationship with him?

Meg says “Happy girl was I” at the beginning of her story and “Happy girl I am” at the end. This is a storyteller’s device: the beginning and end of a story are linked. Meg has used it to reiterate something essential about her personal journey – that is, finding herself again.

  • Analyse the form of Meg’s story to identify the introduction/beginning, middle/plot and end/resolution. Think about films you have seen. Do most conform to this pattern? Give an example of one of these films. Identify some films that do not follow this narrative structure.