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Storytelling

Everyone wants a good story out of life. Part of us wants to be remembered after death, recognized for living. I think that in “We’re on TV in the Universe,” this is the narrator’s driving motivation/desire. She’s wearing an outfit that sings and has a chicken in her front seat. Her whole goal of this party is to be the most memorable attendee. But, she hits a rough patch and her night changes. She turns a very terrifying evening into a love story of sorts just so that she can compare herself to all of those other people that were to be guests at the party.

In “Some Have Entertained Angels, Unaware,” the narrator’s and brother’s lives are full of people with stories. Their dad, Peter, deals with his inadequacy by telling the stories of people from history. All of the boarders gather and tell stories about their own lives. It is also important to note what parts of the stories that the narrator remembers, since she is looking back on these moments from when she was a child. Here, other character’s stories are a device to reveal something about the narrator.

While we want each short story to be memorable and meaningful, we often neglect the stories that our characters have to tell and how they can add depth to our stories.

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