Why do people remember stories?

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Stories are more than just information. They touch our feelings and imaginations.

Stories catch the imagination. They make us feel. We shiver with delight, or sadness.

Stories bring gasps of astonishment, wonder, sadness, pity. Mothers tell stories to frighten children. Children tell each other preposterous lies.

Many people believe that a story is more powerful when it is spoken aloud, when we listen to a human voice speaking to us.

Stories aren’t just words. They are much more than facts and figures. They are living things.

In Palestine, a story-teller finishes her narration by saying, ‘the bird of this tale has flown.’

 

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