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Story Frames Since all perception is shaped by the cultural knowledge you bring to it in-depth understanding almost always involves expanding that knowledge by crossing cultural boundaries Maura Shea 1997 Here is a quote from the book Frame Works that is bigger than life and demands an explanation Barbara Donofrio 19901997 stated that Common cultural stories are often referred to as story frames story schemata or scripts pg 19 These story frames are told throughout our lives from our families schools and communities and represent a kind of blueprint of what we are and what we can become In this essay we will examine the affects that story frames and culture have on us as individuals how the story frames and cultures of others can affect our lives and the positive and negative aspects of story frames and culture While growing up we were told stories about the exploits of our relatives both past and present some of our own childhood experiences and about life or common cultural stories which became embedded in our personal memories and personalities These stories developed into our story bank and created the foundation of our individuality We took those stories and began shaping them to conform to our own sense of self Silko 19671997 said Just as the stories we grew up with shape us and our perceptions so do we also build and express our own self by shaping the stories we tell p 36 In other words the stories we put into memory are used for recall of a situation or occurrence that we change into a version that suits our own individual interests and goals There are feasibly hundreds of facts or details that we opt to forget or leave out because it doesnt fit our version of how the story should be told As individuals we have the ability to
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