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Acknowledgments I would like to thank Shannon Grimsley, Chris Nelson, and Missy Kegler for all of their helpful comments and advice.
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Caitlin McGowan February 25, 2011 Professor Kegler EN102 – Section 81 Fictionalization Of A Story Stories are told for entertainment, leisure, and even to teach lessons. Stories are very powerful, and sometimes authors retell a story to make it untrue. Many non-fiction stories have a fictionalized version of the original story. We can reflect to our own experiences through these stories. They also help produce our personal understanding of reality. They help mold and shape us into whom we are. Stories come into our personal and communal consciousness, often affecting how we relate to others and the world around us. Some stories have to be retold. Joyce Carol Oates’s story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been ? is the retelling of Don Moser’s story The Pied Piper of Tucson. The main difference between the two stories is that one is non-fiction and the other is fiction. Moser’s non-fiction story inspired Oates to create her fictionalized story. The Pied Piper of Tucson is about a dangerous serial killer, Charles Schmid, who was also known as “The Pied Piper of Tucson”. In Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? Arnold Friend has the same role as Charles Schmid did in The Pied Piper of Tucson . In addition, in Oates’ story her main character, Connie, relates to Charles Schmid’s victims in Moser’s story. Fiction and non-fiction are the two main types of writing. Fiction writing is used for entertainment, leisure, and thoughts. Non-fiction writing is frequently used for research, facts, and analysis. Fiction is false information and non-fiction is factual information. It is hard to tease out the fiction from the non-fiction. Non-fiction consists of events that actually took place. There are real people, factual events, existent places, and 2
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genuine things in non-fiction stories. On the other hand, fiction stories consists of imaginary events with unreal people, make believe places. When a story is fictionalized it can almost be truer than fact. This is very possible because a fiction story allows leeway rather than sticking to the dry facts. When you have
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