In a typical narrative nothing is introduced that doesn’t have an effect on the narrative the director/writer wants to share with the viewer. So, having random characters introduced, such as the ADD tennis player and creepy old child molester guy as well as many of the other random introductions in Gummo would either lead to some fleshed out aspect of the narrative or would be eliminated.
A narrative brings us into the personal experience of at least one character. This film does that. It also has a theme or two. Gummo has main characters whos lives we follow for the duration of the film. The two boys and the three girls are the main characters. There are other characters we grow to understand, but those five are the most depicted. The small skinny boy is the main character out of those five. This is because we see his homelife with his mom
There is a loose cause and effect chain having to do with the cat killing, and sexuality.
Solomon and Tumbler’s life feels a bit like narrative. Also, the girl’s life feel like narrative. The androgynous bunny boy’s life also feels like narrative. Then there are the free associations I make between the bunny boy and Solomon’s older transvestite brother. The cat killing also seemed like a tornado aftermath connection to the body parts found all about the area after the storm. I think there was a development from the storm to cat killing. Then the voice over that told of child molestation stayed with me and painted a picture of the women’s lives in general. I wondered if we met that girl. That story did seem disparate from the prostitute but it made her seem not so out of context. In the end, I understood that life goes on and this is the way it does which is a narrative resolution for me.