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Why is Storytelling Needed?

Why is Storytelling Needed?

Stories are meant to tell an important event, portrait feeling they have about their own life using life lessons that they feel are important, and also to teach one about tradition and the part it plays in people’s learning. I say people because stories, no matter how silly, are not just meant for children. Everyone can learn life lessons big or small at any time in your life, you’ll never know the things you don’t know so there will never be a time where there is nothing left for you to learn. And that the beautiful part about life, constantly learning and improving to make life enjoyable and safe.

When Robert Coles says, “The whole point of stories is not ‘solutions’ or ‘resolutions’ but a broadening and even heightening of our struggles.” he means that the ending of the story or really anything the main character does to resolve their problems really isn’t what is meant to be taken away from the experience. He wants the readers to dive deep into the true meaning behind the story, find the reason the story is being told in the first place. Plus who ever said that the best part of a book was the ending, clearly hasn’t read a good book that throws you into highs and lows like a wild and crazy roller coaster all throughout the middle of the book or story. 

Many different themes could come out of the way that you tell the little red riding hood story, whether it’s not to trust strange people on the road, not to stray from the path that you know, whether or not you should be a strong upstanding woman, and many other possibilities. The best part about a story is the parts that reach out to you and the parts you take on with you forever.

 

 

 

3 Replies to “Why is Storytelling Needed?”

  1. Love this: “Plus who ever said that the best part of a book was the ending, clearly hasn’t read a good book that throws you into highs and lows like a wild and crazy roller coaster all throughout the middle of the book or story.”

    1. Right? We have to have some kind of resolution or lack their of to make a story complete, but that doesn’t mean that it is the most important part!

  2. Exactly! What is the reason that the author is writing this? And sometimes it might be something different then what he is portraying, that’s okay. As long as there is something we can learn and take away from the story and use it to grow, then that’s all that matters.

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