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...ke this echo, the stories told to us reverberate differently as time goes on. The stories are distorted and changed, and interpreted differently with each new generation to hear the story. If stories are ore that must be mined from the mountain of history, then the ore is the building stones we use to build a bridge into our own history. “Part of the strength of Canadian literature may lie in the fact that it bridges the gap between the known and the unknown” (Chorny). In this way, Tay John serves the purpose of showing us a rich mythological history that can only be shared by storytelling, but that: “These men are separate from the source of power. They may eat off the table which has soaked up Tay John 's blood but they get no closer” (Ondaatje). Our stories are but mere glimpses into our past, and the smallest windows into what has become our identity as a nation.
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