Distinctive Nature Of Narrative

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Narratives It was always hard to say goodbye to her. Each time, I thought, would be the last. She held up well until the car left the curb and I could see her shuffling up to her door reaching for her handkerchief from the pocket of her frock. I am sure she thought she was in the clear to finally release the tears while she rounded the corner of the walk into her doorway. She did not know my eyes locked onto her every move through my own water-filled lids. Somehow this once strong woman, was tiny and fragile. A block down the road, we realized I had left my coat in her guest room. It was bitter-sweet since I was guaranteed another hug, but the cost would be the heartache of walking away once more. As I ran up to the door I could see her sobbing …show more content…
The Ohio State University has created a program, Project Narrative, in which is dedicated to the study in the “distinctive nature of narrative and its various structures, elements, uses, and effects” (The Ohio State University, n.d.). Narratives have been and are becoming immensely valuable in understanding humanity. These new studies are drawing from environments, for instance, courtrooms, conference rooms and doctor’s offices. These narrative theorists are studying”how stories help people make sense of the world, while also studying how people make sense of stories” (The Ohio State University, n.d.). One worthwhile example to mention is the journal article, Showing and Telling Asthma: Children Teaching Physicians with Visual Narrative (1999). This project was initiated to give children a “voice” in their own health care and to be heard by the adults who could make some difference in their everyday challenges revolving around their chronic and invasive health issues and enable health care providers to better understand and treat these children (Richab & Chalfen, 1999, p. …show more content…
Consider a sequence of fourteen photographs showing a small dog in a body of water by a bridge, a frantic dog parent leaning through the bridge rails helplessly looking down. The brief version is; the little pup was saved by a courageous bystander and soggily returned to the relieved owner (M, 2010). Each static image, however, brings so much more narrative as the brain can interpret the emotion of the woman in fear of losing her companion. Our brains fill in those blanks and they can mean different things to each mind through the individual filters of memory and experience. Some may not be as touched in their particular narrative while others may flashback with similar losses or scares and be overcome with passion. Likewise, other still images can tell horrific stories as our brains fill in the missing words and puzzle pieces. The 2013 photo contest reveals many stories left to the viewer to create their own narrative (World Press Photo, n.d.). Blood stained floors, a child crying on a hospital table, guns, smoke a floating body and other various photos show realities without captions, leaving the observer to complete the plot, if they can gaze for any

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