In Thomas King 's autobiographical novel, The Truth About Stories takes a narrative approach in telling the story of the Native American, as well as Thomas King 's. The stories within the book root from the obstacles that the Thomas King had to face during his years in high school and his post-university life. These stories are told in a matter that uses rhetorical devices such as personal anecdotes & comparisons. "You 'll Never Believe What Happened" Is Always a Great Way to Start is about the importance, potential, and dangers of stories, specifically those of creation stories and how they can shape a culture, with the aim to share King 's urgency for social change with his readers King 's informal tone, lighthearted jokes, and effort to make his writing follow the style of native oral tradition as closely as possible, all help the reader understand the type of narrative he believes would be most beneficial for the foundation of a society. His unique style allows for the use of personal anecdotes and requires that he breaks the proverbial fourth wall to communicate with the reader directly, to create the conversational feel of the oral tradition.
(492). What does this novel ultimately say about storytelling? The Poisonwood Bible claims that, in storytelling, everyone tries to reform their own version of their life into an appealing story, talking mainly about the struggles they face in their life and “how they live with it” (Kingsolver 492). Adah claims that all stories are exactly based off of this essential element, a type of archetype that has many archetypals, but are all still considered the same thing. For example, if a war hero wrote a story on his life in WWII and another writer, a biologist, wrote a story on a Grizzly Bear.
Stories usually have hidden meaning put there by the author to entertain the thoughts of those patient enough to dig deeper into the meaning. Meanings in stories are expressed in various ways. An example is O. Henry’s story The Gift of the Magi. O.Henry in his story uses a few themes to describe the story and the characters. He does this to get the reader engaged in the story and want to read more.
Alice Walker’s Everyday Use (rpt. in Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine’s Literature Sound and Structure 11th ed [Boston: Wadsworth, 2012] 166-173) is a short story told by the mother of two daughters, Mama. The story tells the tale of the return of Mama’s oldest daughter, Dee, and the problems that Dee’s return causes for Mama and her youngest daughter, Maggie. This short story includes humor and irony, displays detailed characterization, and portrays a very effective point of view. These three literary elements contribute to this story by giving insight into the past and the true personalities of the characters, and the way the characters have changed over time.
They make one story to become the only story (Adichie:2009). In the speech with the same name, Adichie questions the ideas such as the potential of a single narrative to create stereotypes. Also, how the importance of bringing different several stories of representation to inform about the urgency of the search for knowledge, about the proper understanding of the 'other ' cultures not only about the West and European culture and literature. The speech talks as well about the issue of power that is closely connected to the construction of the single story. The stories have been used to expropriate and label, but can also be used to empower and humanize.
Storytelling has been an important part of our culture for centuries. It is the telling of stories told before or even historical events. Each time it’s changed to add detail or make it interesting. In Damascus Nights, Rafik Schami, the author, emphasizes the importance of storytelling to the Damascene culture by having Salim’s seven friends tell seven different stories. It is explained on more than several accounts that words matter a lot.
Subsequently after viewing and listening to Chimamanda Adichie’s theory of a single story… I have come to understand her argument point. In easier terms said, a single story is a story told by one perspective and solo idea of a place, person, and thing. These single stories are created by the socialization and observations of every human being standing on this Earth today. A lot of these stories feed off of what people like to call stereotypes. Although, one must acknowledge that stereotypes are most likely the incomplete story of a place or person.
Implicature andImpliculture in storytelling During centuries people used to depend on the concept of telling a story to express themselves, give others a moral or justentertain souls. The history of storytelling is full of great and veteran writers who gave a great attention to the style of telling or writing a story in order to cope with age and its requirements. The art of storytelling is entirely affective on people 's behaviors and attitudes in any nation. Narratorscan tell a story in different types such as short stories, plays, poems or novels. Good stories that teach people important lessons never die because they continueaffecting people 's actions along decades.
He does this to get the reader engaged in the story and want to read more. Authors use literary elements to convey multiple messages in a variety of ways to their audience. Every story is a quest. This means that the main character(s), or the questor(s), are trying to accomplish something or gain a better self knowledge. When the character is first introduced, he is first starting the quest, usually not knowing the end game.