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Ex Eventu Knowledge

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A third phenomenon that affects narrative presentation is the expression versus suppression of ex eventu knowledge. The narrating and experiencing modes differ not only in terms of time but also in terms of knowledge. The difference between the experiencing and narrating modes is also a matter of knowledge. When the narrator chooses to employ the experiencing mode he suppresses his ex eventu knowledge and adjusts the amount of information he gives to the knowledge level of the character through whose eyes the narrated events are seen. When the narrator chooses to employ the narrating mode, he expresses his ex eventu knowledge. Thus the suppression and expression of ex eventu knowledge play a role in creating and maintaining various effects, including dramatic irony. This chapter presents examples of expression versus suppression of ex eventu knowledge will be organized in chronological order as much as possible in order to facilitate literary interpretation.

Keywords: dramatic irony; ex eventu knowledge; literary interpretation; narrative presentation

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