Cooper's Fargo Narrative

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3.2 Form and Narration In the first episode of Twin Peaks, FBI agent Cooper is sent to a small town to lead the investigations of the murder of Laura Palmer. He analyses many things which are not related with the murder, like cake, the hotel room or coffee. Cooper speaks to a voice recorder and is addressing a woman named Diane, the mythological goddess of hunting, which might leave the impression that he is writing for a magazine which releases critiques for hotels. At least he appears to the viewer as an analytical person and the name of Diane might been chosen to mark him as a hunter. In the ongoing story though, in episode three of season one, he used the so called “Tibetan method” to find a first hint for who could have murdered Laura. He states that he…show more content…
The Coen brothers have written and directed the movie Fargo 18 years before the TV series was released which was created by Noah Hawley. The series has a different plot but many motifs from the movie are reused. For example: The blood in the snow, the immense body count and the opening text “THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in […]. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred”. This, or comparable texts are usually used in films which are based on true events. The phrase serves a analogous cause like the raptor scene in Jurassic Park: it raises the viewers’ attention and curiosity. A true story, which was part of the large world, is not only interesting due to the storyline but also because it really happened, almost like a report in TV news or an article in a newspaper. The boundaries between the fictional world of TV and film and the real world are blurred and this might be what Fargo wants to emphasize. The way the series deals with the fact that these two worlds can blur is exemplary for how it uses narration to break
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