The author Kurt Vonnegut was a man with a singular and unique view of the world. Not just in his stories, either; his literary theories are similarly simple at face value, but gently unfurl to reveal deeper meaning and undercurrents of social commentary. The man himself called one particular theory, his rejected master’s thesis on the shapes of stories, his “prettiest” contribution to culture.
Vonnegut’s idea is that the main character within any story lives through positive and negative experiences that can be plotted to a graph. The shape of the resulting line, he says, is a reflection of societal culture that can tell us just as much from an anthropological perspective as studying pots, spearheads or hieroglyphics....
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