Narratives in Our Lives

Read this book called Bonvillain, Nancy. (2014/2011). Language, Culture, and Communication: The Meaning of Messages. Seventh or Sixth Edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall and answer the question below :

After reading Nancy Bonvillains section on narratives (p. 90-98/93-102), reflect on and explain how narratives affect you by focusing on a single story that is especially significant to you or a cultural group to which you belong. Be as specific as possible by detailing the setting in which the story is told, the participants involved (i.e., the persons telling and listening), and the topics and goals implicated in the telling of the narrative. If possible, apply one or more of the analytical approaches reviewed in Bonvillain or used by Basso.

To clarify, I am asking you to analyze a narrative; simply writing a narrative will not suffice. If you would rather not reflect on a personal story, you can always choose a historical or mythical one that has shaped your cultural group or generation. Consider, for example, that most religious services retell narratives from sacred texts, and that each religious and secular holiday is associated with particular stories. Also, our mass media are currently awash with narratives about the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the 2016 presidential election. The possibilities are endless. Choose any story that will allow you to fulfill the assignment.