A Persuasive Essay On The Modern Storyteller

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Once Upon a Time; A Persuasive Essay on the Modern Storyteller “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Phillip Pullman
Over the years how many times have we heard; “Once upon a time” or “It was a dark and stormy night...” According to Joseph Campbell stories have always played an important role in society as he believed that archetypes give us an idea about how life might be handled however are we beginning to lose to ability to tell relevant and important stories? Storytelling is defined by Egan as “a linguistic activity that is educative because it allows individuals to share their personal understanding with others, thereby creating negotiated transactions.” We know the value
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In addition, today in modern television shows we see more and more that villains are beginning to be praised than hated on in certain shows and it is because of this that some think our storytelling ability is going downhill. Have you ever considered that villains are a necessary evil? Well Christopher Lee has and he even went as far to say that you can’t have a hero without a villain. Breaking Bad is a prime example of necessary evil. It’s not just a tale of a chemistry teacher gone bad it’s the story of survival in the modern world. In Ashley Montagu’s “What is Human Nature” he concludes that we are all born good .This also applies Walter White as he didn’t start off as a villain however he simply became a product of his environment. Walter doesn’t just become a drug dealer because he wants to. He does it because it’s necessary. He has all odds stacked against him, he’s diagnosed as terminally ill with lung cancer, he has a baby on the way with means to support his family, and he loses his job. When he decides to become a drug dealer he is simply acting out of pure instinct in order to survive. After all, even though Walter’s
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