Monday, October 27, 2014

Enduring Stories, Are They Better?

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Why do enduring stories survive over time?
       Stories that endure over time have an element in them that intrigue people to read or listen. Civilisations share them from generation to generation. In the Mesopotamian times, stories were told about heroism, and how people achieved certain quests, or activities. When reading a story from this time, or any other time in the past, you learn something. Gilgamesh's story tells us of how he at first wanted his voyages engraved in walls, and then shortly after that, he wanted immortality. The amount of greed he stored in himself was extravagant! Though throughout the story, he learns that all of these things, in the end, do not make you happy. To finalise the king's epic journey, he realises that a family and friends are much more important than all the other wishes he had. The last chapter tells us that Gilgamesh got married, and to make it even better, he got a baby!
       Another reason that stories are known from thousands of years is because they are written down. Even in Mesopotamian times, they had tablets or walls to engrave illustrations or written words of a specific story, They had writers and illustrators that recorded the story as not everyone in this civilisation knew how to write and/or draw correctly.

To what extent is the history of ancient civilisations a story about progress? 
       Sharing stories through written words, illustrations, verbally, or on technology has changed the experience people receive when being told or reading a story. The way it is shared has progressed a great deal. At first, the experience was talking to other people. Using your memory to try to remember how a specific story went, was a crucial thing in the past. As many inventors created new ways to record the stories, there is, and was, no chance that the story could change.
       Since the Mesopotamian times, we've had tablets, walls and columns to carve in stories. Next we had materials such as papyrus, which was on of the first forms of paper, paper, books, newspapers, and lastly technology. When reading about Gilgamesh, I noticed that they used tablets and walls to engrave a journey in the object. For this they used specific people to do that, as very few citizens knew how to write or draw.
       Additionally, progress has been shown within the story as well. In Mesopotamian times and in Ancient Greek times, characters teach us a moral, or a lesson. They do this by progressing and/or changing. In Gilgamesh's tale, he is at first a very greedy man. Throughout the variety of quests he goes on, he learns different things that help him progress and change into a better person. Luckily, at the end of his story, he ends up happily with a family. This showed me that he turned into a better person.

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