The Difference Between A Story And A Novel By Benjamin Waller

1529 Words Nov 1st, 2015 7 Pages
In the Merriam Webster dictionary, the literal definition of the word memory is “the power or process of reproducing or recalling what has been learned and retained especially through associative mechanisms”. So what exactly does memory have to do with the correlation between a story and a novel? As Benjamin Waller states in The Storyteller, the difference between a story and a novel goes to the role of memory in each genre. Waller compares the differences between the “perpetuating remembrance of the novelist” to the “short lived reminiscences of the storyteller”. The storyteller exists as the preserver of tradition through a dual operation. In on case, he appeals to both personal and collective memory, orates the stories present in them, and thereby preserves their place in memory. At the same time, by telling the story in his words, he leaves his own mark and thus contributes to the vitality of his tradition by giving it newness. However if one was to think through a new perspective, the novel incorporates an element not found in stories, time. The novel incorporates time because it is not bound to a region, a history, an identity like the story. Therefore, even though a novel gives evidence of the profound perplexity of the living, Renard the Fox is a story because a story offers counsel and interprets the unspeakable and the transcendental so that you can lead a happier life and it also allows you to face life without offering a remedy. Renard the Fox could be…

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