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One of the primary themes of Kaye Gibbons novel Ellen Foster is the vitality of storytelling in the human life The fact that narrative is the only art that exists in all cultures Morton 2 indicates that storytelling is instinctive in all humans Nothing passes but the mind grabs is and looks for a way to fit it into a story or into a variety of possible scripts Morton 3 In an article written for The New York Times Book Review Katherine Morton restates and supports many of the storytelling themes present in Gibbons novel Morton illustrates that the stories humans create assist us as we go through life It is by narrative that we experience our lives Morton 2The first sign that a baby is going to be a human beingcomes when he begins naming the world and demanding the stories that connect its parts Morton 3 Ellen substantiates this statement continually throughout the novel She has no family to teach her anything about the world and she has to learn for herself She creates stories so that she may have an understanding for the world in which she lives These stories not only help her understand her world they also help her live in her world Ellen uses stories in every aspect of her life demonstrating that humans are insatiable for patternspatterns of sequence of behavior or feelingconnections reasons causes stories Morton 1 When there is disruption in sequence in Ellens life she feels as if the has no control For example Ellen notices how much Starletta is growing up and says I always thought she should be little and fast foreverI want to press my hands to her to stop her from growing into a time she will not want to play Gibbons 83 More evidence that small children will be human beings is that they will want a story at bedtime Morton 3 Ellen tells her reader I am not able
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