My reaction to Vonnegut’s way of storytelling:

The way Vonnegut looks at and analyzes storytelling is an amazing gift. As I watched this video a few times, the way he explains the stories through lines, curves, and short words makes the story come to life in a different sense other than watching it as a movie, TV show, or a short clip. He makes sure to take the key points in the storyline to make a high point, low point, or even a somewhere in the middle point. The key points he does choose, they are well known in the story, and if you were to ever have seen it, or even if you have not seen the story he is explaining through shapes, you would definitely understand the overall picture of what the storyline is and where the climax, rising points or turning points are. He makes it extremely easy to understand and grasp the idea of how he analyzes a story with shapes.

Part 1: The steps to creating my storyline:

I chose to create a storyline of shapes from the song “Bartender (Sittin’ at a Bar)”. Although I have only heard the song a handful of times, I felt as if this storyline is not like others might be. His high point started at the beginning when he felt as if escaping from jail being free was the greatest thing that could have happened. As his time on the outside grows longer, his troubles just seem to be getting worse and worse. As the events play out, he ends up thinking there is nothing left to hold onto at the end of the road, and pretty much gives up. As he gives up, his ultimate low is returning to the penitentiary where he escaped from to seek happiness, yet found everything except for that.

My final product:

Part 2: Describing a digital story of my choice

A soldier’s homecoming is an important day for anyone and everyone related to them. I follow a page on Instagram about the military and my boyfriend’s brother is also a soldier in the Navy. When I came across this photo, the different snapshots tell a story in itself. The four photos create a powerful story of a soldier’s daughter engaging in a normal day in class at school, obviously not having seen her dad for what may seem like an eternity. She then gets a surprise from him coming home from a deployment, tears filling up her eyes as she makes way towards him, arms wide open and ready to hug him. In the last snapshot their grip with each other expresses that there is no place like being back in each other’s arms. The family bond seems so strong and as someone who just came across the collage of photos can even feel the bond they have with each other. I call this a digital story because there are no words having to describe what the pictures mean. Facial expressions, emotions, body language and feelings of the father and daughter tell the story that these pictures create. You need nothing other than the two people to know what is going on and even how each of them are feeling in this digital story.


2 responses »

  1. jenniferpolack says:

    This is a great description and example of Vonnegut’s storytelling


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