Type scenes

In class on Monday, we discussed how Biblical Hebrew narrative functions on the pattern of type scenes.  Can you think of any other kinds of type scenes that we find in modern culture?  How are those different kinds of type scenes used or broken?


About Jeremy

I work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, LA. I teach part-time classes from time to time, through Loyola University in New Orleans, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College. I also just finished a doctoral degree in Biblical languages through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
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8 Responses to Type scenes

  1. Dante says:

    Common type scenes that we see in modern culture are most often scene in soap operas and other television shows. The “Rags to Riches” tale of the young girl who falls in love with a rich man and spends her time earning the respect and care of his family. Another example is the “Star-Crossed Lovers” who find each other as their families feud throughout the ages. These type scenes are used over and over again because it allows to reader to use past empathy for these stock characters for the protagonist of the tale at hand. These type scenes are also broken at time to tell the story form another view point, such as “Wicked”, as told by The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz instead of the typical tale with Dorothy as the lead.

  2. Jessica Williams says:

    I think a type scene thats common is a man wooing a woman. Usually women who digress from this type scene and go after the man are seen as having bad outcomes in movies, plays, etc. The man either views her as desperate or masculine, and she doesn’t usually get him.

  3. Victor Harewood says:

    One of the more common type scenes in modern culture is the concept of making fast money through the sale of illegal contraband. This very concept has been exhibited my many a gangster film. For example, in the movie SCARFACE Al Pacino plays an immigrant who comes to America to make it big and take care of his family. He ultimately ends up selling cocaine which does give him the riches but ultimately leads to his demise. Another example might exist in the movie PAID IN FULL, in which three characters from New York begin to sell cocaine in order to be the man with the “power” in the neighborhood. They ultimately end up receive the sought for “power” , but it comes at the cost of their freedom as they must constantly cover their tracks. Two of the three characters end up in jail. Even in a more recent example, AMERICAN GANGSTER, Denzel Washington plays Frank Lucas, an African American man who sets out with his cousins and brothers to become wealthy through the selling of “Blue Magic” a pure type of heroin which is sold in the city. He ends up serving some time in Jail, but ultimately makes it out with his life because he informs the police of his drug enemies’ plans to take over the city through drug trafficking. Though the outcome of this example is slightly different, the concept remains the same.

  4. Ruth Carter says:

    Type scenes are all over modern culture. It has become almost like a crutch, especially in movies, for writers to use almost like an outline for the story to come. Type scenes offer writers a basic guide to a story and give he audience a sense of security because no matter how intense things get, they always know what the outcome will be. Some examples of type scenes today are Superheros: ordinary guy going through some life changing change and becoming super, encountering an evil villain, and just when you think all hope is lost, the superhero comes out on top in the end. Another type scene is the “boy meets girl” kind of scene where a boy meets a girl, she is with a guy the audience hates, and then at the end, they girl ends up falling for the right girl.

  5. Naomi Stewart-Rubik says:

    Every romantic comedy is exactly the same today, they all have the same type scene. Someone likes someone that doesn’t really return their feelings. Then the boy or girl gets the other one to like them, something bad happens threatening their relationship, and then they make up and live happily ever after. Type scenes are everywhere in the entertainment industry. Most movies are exactly the same, with slight differences.

  6. Jeffrey Ramon says:

    Allow me to explain the college love affair type scene.
    1. A night at a bar, a guy meets a girl.
    2. They hit it off, and play monopoly later that night.
    3. Later that week, one of the parties becomes heavily attracted to that person, and invites the other party over for a monopoly rematch.
    4. Heavy attraction becomes, a sort of love for the person.
    5. Other party becomes scared off due to this love, and breaks the heart of the person in love.
    6. Time passes and the denying party decides to give the denied party a chance.
    7. At that point, denied party doesn’t have feelings anymore for the denying party. Thus, tables are turned.
    8. More time passes, and they end up coming onto the same terms..then date.

  7. John Hickey says:

    a common type scenes that we find in today’s modern culture are movies that mock other movies, mainly famous Hollywood blockbusters, or genres. For example, the scary movie series. These movies follow movie conventions by pointing out the common story line norms of the movie, and turn it into humor. They are in a sense similar to biblical types, because the follow the same patterns, and include the same elements.

  8. Jade Tang says:

    A type scene seen through everyday life is the self-absorbed teenage angst. For example, throughout high school, there was that group of kids that were so troubled and lived only for themselves because everyone else was meaningless. They tended to have pessimistic outlooks on everything. They were very difficult to be around for long periods of time.

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