Bruner’s book, Making Stories Law, Literature, Life

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Making Stories

Human life is full of stories according to Jerome Bruner especially those that touches on our interests and businesses. It is true that people sometimes associated themselves with some story which had attracted their attention somewhere and can work for their favor. It does not matter the depth of truth about such stories, but they are related to what has happened, what is happening or what we expect to happen to our lives. We, as human beings survive on motivations, inspirations and encouragements to soldier on in our daily endeavors because life is what you make it. To make sense of the stories, we must therefore relate them to some aspects of our lives. We might be living in narratives yes or might be defined by them because our lives are full of stories, stories of ourselves. In this case, we are good at telling stories about ourselves, more than any other person else.

Therefore, Bruner’s book, Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life reminds me of some of the decisions that I make based on some stories I know somewhere that was related to the same situation I am at a particular moment. We are naturally awarded with different capabilities and strengths. This means that nobody has nothing to tell about him or herself in terms of the achievements or what we are aiming to achieve. The picture of what we are or what we want to be is always very alive in our minds. Children or grown ups, we all have dreams, dreams which in most cases are like narratives. We create them to formulate the details of our lives. These dreams are like salt to our lives according to Bruner’s book.

In education, the search for knowledge has actually discounted events in the mind of every scholar to future expectations in life. The art of learning is a very dynamic system and every subject, topic, lesson or degree leads to some professionalisms. In this case, students will always pass by imaginations, ideas or assumptions which are visualized in their minds. The information about what they perceive will be based on self understanding. This is an example of a case whereby self-creation comes in. Self creation in the narratives might not be accurate or realistic, but there will always be extreme points in the narratives we say about ourselves. Pride and positivity are full in what we create about us in our memory because nobody would want to be associated with failure.

In professions like law, the book acknowledge the fact that prosecutions and defending teams in a legal case may be upgraded to extents of new words that might posses different meanings and perceptions based on the idea of narratives. In medicines too, for the doctor or the clinical officer to actually learn and know how to treat their patients, they have to do that by the help of the narrative which will be given by their patients first which they will listen to. Narratives will therefore even affect our health and professions.

Bruner’s book acknowledges the fact that humanity is weakened by falsehood and no good life can be made out of that. It affirms that every recall consciously comes with some changes and altered implications. Finally, the book summarizes that more recalling, and narrating about oneself will always drive you away from the truth and understanding of what you really are.

Work Cited

Bruner, Jerome S. Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life. Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.: Harvard Univ. Press, 2003 (25-61) Print.