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How to Frame History

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This work looks at two examples of a literary device, which I have labeled the “set-up” story, used within the narratives of historical works. This literary device, as this paper will illustrate, were used to help the listener/reader frame the historical narrative that he/she was about to hear/read. It does this in three ways: the first is to have the set-up story follow a certain pattern that the listener/reader is familiar with. The second way is to use the set-up story as a moral micro-narrative of what is about to occur, The third is for the set-up story to be a lead-in; that is, the narrator would like the listener/reader to understand the protocols of certain actions. This paper will look at two examples of the second and third form of the set-up story.

Affiliations: 1: DePaul University


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