Blog Post 7

Understanding the differences between discourse, story, discourse time, and story time help readers to better grasp the story of Don Quixote.  Discourse refers to conversation, discussion, argument, the way the narrator tells the story, or the collective works of a conversation.  In Don Quixote, that would be any of the dialogue between the various characters within each chapter.  The discourse offers a break from the story or the narrative that tells who, what, where, when, and why; it can also be described as events happening in sequence or a series of events.  Essentially, discourse is the story being told by the narrator, while discourse is the conversation between the characters.  A further step into understanding these two elements are their subcategories of discourse time, or the time it takes you to read something, and story or the amount of time it takes the story to happen.  The story time is typically longer in length than the discourse time simply because the amount of time it takes a reader to read something is significantly shorter than the amount of time it would take actual events to unfold.  In Don Quixote, readers jump back and forth between discourse and the story, and separating the two helps readers to better understand the dynamics of the story.      

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