Importance and Relevance of Cultural Stories

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Cultural Stories Cultural narratives reveal aspects of their indigenous culture while at the same time reflecting universal truths. This paper examines three stories that are germane to their native culture while also dealing with the universal theme of individuation, the process by which one becomes aware of oneself, distinct from other people. Each of the stories were written by authors from different cultures: "Hansel and Gretel" was written by The Brother's Grimm in Germany, "The Wolf and The Lamb" is an Aesop's Fable from Greece, and "The Jungle Book" is a set of stories written by Rudyard Kipling in England. Although "The Wolf and The Lamb" and "The Jungle Book" each feature animal characters, they are anthropomorphized to the extent that they still incorporate the individuation process as a prominent trope. In each of the stories, the main character undertakes the journey from innocence to experience and must learn how to assert and defend himself in the face of danger and adversity. Although "Hansel and Gretel" features two (eponymous) main characters rather than one, the story still addresses the need for children to undertake the process of individuation and fend for themselves rather than relying on one's elders. At the beginning of the story, Hansel and Gretel are na誰ve; they rely on their parents, neither of whom can adequately care for them (they are cold and underfed), yet the two children are also unable to adequately care for themselves. For example,

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