• ISSN: 2010-3646
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Social. Scienc. Humanit.
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJSSH
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IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(2): 227-232 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.458

Our Entire Future and the Past Are Actually Stories We Tell Ourselves and Others

Fulya Kincal
Abstract—Being human inevitably means attaching meaning to essentially meaningless universe. Storytelling is the simplest way of attaching meaning and what differentiates human beings from other inhabitants of the world. In this context, our reality is determined by the stories. Like every work of literature, life of human beings is an intertext where different texts, styles and themes interact in a story-like order. In their novels Don Quixote and Never Let Me Go both Cervantes and Kazuoro Ishiguro are showing that stories can generalize and extract the truth by penetrating to the hearth of human condition. As such, these stories mature man’s knowledge about himself and the world. Both writers assert that as times passes we experience different stories and our world is continuously altered by the new stories. Through stories we internalize our environment, our past and present. From this perspective, this paper aims to demonstrate our own position regarding to stories in life and common features of human beings referring to the tradition of storytelling.

Index Terms—Meaning, story, storytelling, understanding, reality.

Fulya Kincal is with the Department of English Language and Literature in 2012 and the School of Foreign Languages, University of Kırklareli, Kırklareli, 39100, Turkey (e-mail: fulya. kincal@ kirklareli.edu.tr).


Cite: Fulya Kincal, " Our Entire Future and the Past Are Actually Stories We Tell Ourselves and Others," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 227-232, 2015.

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