Githa Hariharan The Thousand Faces Of Night: Literary Analysis

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The art of storytelling began when human beings started to speak some thousands of years ago. Stories communicated knowledge and experience in social contexts. Tales begin with conflict because man forever is in conflict either with himself or with the environment which is around him. In the tug of war between man and man or man and environment, a series of issues arise but get resolved at the end and stories depict this process in order to encourage or motivate the listeners that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Stories which summarise or distil the experiences of characters who are involved become a mirror exercise or serve as a leverage to activate the sense and sensibilities of readers or listeners. Stories weave the thread of social relationships and make life livable. The tales enable humans to vent, invent and reinvent their lives. It is in this context that the stories of Githa Hariharan The Thousand Faces of Night and When Dreams Travel are analysed. KEYWORDS: Conflict, Crisis, Resolution, Leverage, Enlighten, Vent ¬¬¬¬¬¬ “Stories animate human life; that is their work. Stories work with people, for people, and always stories work on people, affecting what people are able to see as real, as possible, and as worth doing or best avoided.” - Arthur Frank A tale is defined as a program of actions – action in a larger sense includes plans, reactions and experience in the sequence of the plot. Tales are derived from biological and cultural dispositions.

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