In this lesson ( 5.10.10 ) we learnt that Roland Barthes was a semiologist, he looked at texts and basically that was his job.
There are two types of narrative, open and closed.
Open narrative is when the tv/film could be interpreted in any way, there isn't a set ending, e.g soaps and films that have no specific ending.
Closed narrative is where there is no other way the audience could interperet an ending , it has to be very specifically scripted so the audience get what the director is putting across. Detective drama's and childrens programmes are usually closed narrative. Childrens shows are closed narrative because a child doesn't normally have interest in a running series, the programme is just there for watching at that specific moment in time.
There are five narrative codes;
#1 Action code
#2 Enigma Code
#3 Semantic code
Any element in a text that suggests a particular or an additional meaning by the way of connotation. So basically something that has multiple meanings and it gets it across to you.
#4 Cultural Code
#5 Symbolic Code
Its very difficult to understand and explain, but, it is a symbol that represents something that the viewer will recognize. It could also reflect a type of non verbal communication that we use in everyday life. Symbolic codes are mainly linked to different cultures.