October 22, 2012 8:05 PM Subscribe
What's the word for the re-deployment of a story element (character, object, motif, action) that was introduced earlier in the narrative?
posted by dontjumplarry to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For example, protagonist is shown in act one sweating it at a tae-bo class; then in act three uses her newfound tae-bo skills to beat up a mugger. Or a character is shown opting for vertiginous stilettos in act one, and then in act three, trips over at the fateful moment because her heels are too high. Or a narcissistic personal trainer with rippling biceps is glimpsed in passing in act one, and then in act three, is reintroduced when the protagonist is revealed to be dating them.