I am writing my paper about the different uses O'Brien uses storytelling for. For my secondary research I found a website that talks about three major reasons for storytelling. The article talks about how powerful and persuasive storytelling can be. The first reason the article talks about is that
stories are more compelling than facts. The second reason the article talks about is that stories can change minds. This reason behind storytelling really shows it's meaning when the author says "The Diary of Anne Frank did more to educate people about Auschwitz than any research on the topic" (Hayden "Three ReasonsWhy Storytelling Is So Powerfully Persuasive"). When Hayden talks about this example, I realized that that is how I felt after reading O'Brien's novel. And the third reason is that stories allow for participation, meaning the reader or listener can essentially create their own framework for the insertion of their own ideas, somewhat making them an active role of the story.
This article was written on November 14th, 2012, by John Hayden. Hayden is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, an instructor for MarketingProfs University, and the author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies.