The Shapes of Stories | Open Source Material

October 17, 2018

Language: English


Kurt Vonnegut gained worldwide fame and adoration through the publication of his novels, including Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and more.


But it was his rejected master's thesis in anthropology that he called his prettiest contribution to culture.


The basic idea of his thesis was that a story's main character has ups and downs that can be graphed to reveal the story's shape.


The shape of a society's stories, he said, is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads. Let's  have a look.


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