Art and Tradition

Flashback examples

The flashback is a rhetorical figure used in literature and in the cinema , it is an abrupt alteration of the facts related to the character of a story, it is a fleeting throwback to the past and that serves to establish a link between things of the past with the of the present for which the narrative is transferred to the past.

This resource is also known as analepsis and serves to add more information about the character in the story, it is usually presented as a memory that said person has and is included in the narration so that the viewer or reader briefly sees the story interrupted to visualize the memory and later return to the point where the return had been made to continue with the chronological narration of the events. Other uses that this resource has is the simple and graphic explanation of things that could otherwise be complex, a clear example is police and crime stories, although it can occur in other genres.

A similar narrative resource is Flashforward, although unlike flashback in this case the interruption occurs to move to a future moment imagining how events related to the present could be triggered, in a more anticipatory way.

Flashback examples:

  1. “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner.
  2. “The Conquest of Honor” by Clint Eastwood.
  3. “Kill Bill” or “Inglorious Basterds” by Quentin Tarantino.
  4. “The Butterfly Effect” by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber.
  5. The anime «Supercampeones».

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