The Narrative Of Briar Rose By Jane Yolen

800 Words 4 Pages
Stories makes the world go around. Narratives across the world inspire human connection, innovation, and the world as we know it. Stories have never been limited in power; they are teachers of lessons, testaments of the creation of the universe, and vehicles of therapy. Our society, lives through stories. Every sinner and saint who has come before us, lives through stories. To forget the stories passed down from generation to generation, and to neglect to share pieces of history with the world, would have arguably the most harmful effect on any society. The survival of humankind depends on the survival of the narrative. The narrative within the family unit is an undoubtedly beneficial application of the importance of storytelling in society. …show more content…
Humans are meant to forge connections and strengthen ties to one another. Understanding one’s heritage is important in cementing the individual 's sense of belonging to family as well as society. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen follows Becca’s quest from the United States to Poland in order to find the truth of her heritage that had been hidden in her grandmother’s story of Sleeping Beauty for decades. Becca’s longing to discover the truth about her origins is basic human nature. Becca wanted to understand how her family came about, and preserve her grandmother, Gemma’s story. When Becca asks her friend, Stan, the reason behind his conviction to find his birth mother he responds by saying, “Because I had to. Blood calling to blood, and all that” (105). Becca and Stan’s curiosity is natural. The desire to unveil family secrets helps a person feel a completeness in respect to the greater world. The void that is filled through receiving and sharing narratives, contributes to the amelioration of society …show more content…
Gemma not only preserves the past through her fairy tale, but pays tribute to it in a way that’s beneficial to society as a whole. The fairy tale of Briar Rose is fictional, but the Holocaust is not. Buried deep within the tale is layers of history that should never be forgotten. Some people say that we are doomed to repeat the past if history is forgotten. The narratives of our grandparents and great-grandparents is history. The secondhand stories presented to us are important in paying tribute to the world’s past. The story Becca unravels from her grandmother’s obscure hints honors the survivors of the Holocaust, and ensures society will not easily repeat

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