The Importance of Stories In Haroun And The Sea Of Stories

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The Importance of Stories In Haroun And The Sea Of Stories To many people stories are just a way to pass time, to escape from reality, that they do not serve any real purpose. However in Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie If there are no stories then many of the characters lives would be changed drastically Fictional stories are important to the Khalifa family since they rely on them for a career and emotions to their lives. The stories that Rashid tells make many people trust in him and like him because he always “admitted that everything he told them was completely untrue and made up” (Rushdie 20) and, because people had trust in him the politicians would want him to tell a story at their rally which would provide him a …show more content…
Because he is likeable and the people enjoy listening to him, they will vote for the person who hired him when Rashid asks them to. Without the endorsement and backing of a good storyteller, a politician’s career is ended. Additionally, when Rashid tells his final story about the corrupt politician Snooty Buttoo, Mr. Buttoo is forced to flee and “was never seen again in the valley of K, which left the people of the valley free to chose leaders they actually liked” (Rushdie 207). Rashid’s tale convinced the people of the valley of K to stand up for what they believed in and, as with the people of chup they turned against Khattam-Shud. The tale of the defeat of Khattam-Shud inspired them to, likewise turn from their poor leader. The influence of storytelling is so great that it has the power to positively or negatively affect the career of a politician. Stories maybe important to politicians but are of much greater use to the Guppees. Stories are much more fundamental to the Guppees since they depend on stories to be the source of all-there speaking, and the pages of Gup (the army) they depend on stories to help them fight. Whenever a Guppee drinks the story water they become joyful and are able to speak and keep on speaking because in Gup it is rude not to speak. This is well defined when the narrator says, “…all Guppees love to talk …Silence is often considered rude” (Rushdie 85). With
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