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The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker

Title The Seven Basic Plots
Author Christopher Booker
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2005-11-11
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 736
ISBN 1441116516
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology. Drawing on a vast array of examples, from Proust to detective stories, from the Marquis de Sade to E.T., Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose. Booker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past 5000 years. This seminal book opens up in an entirely new way our understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in our lives, and will be a talking point for years to come.

Title The Seven Basic Plots
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Release 2006
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Total Pages 736
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Oscar Wilde s The Picture of Dorian Gray An analysis with Christopher Booker s Seven Basic Plots
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Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release 2016-07-13
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 14
ISBN 3668258775
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Essay from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, Ruhr-University of Bochum (Philologie), course: Academic skills, language: English, abstract: Christopher Booker argues in his book "The Seven Basic Plots – Why we tell stories" that “there is a number of plots which are fundamental to the way we tell stories” (Booker 6) and that every single storyline is constructed of one of the seven predetermined plot developments. Booker characterizes each of the possible plots roughly and then states that there cannot be any story that differs from one of these patterns. The author then goes even further. He states that every plot actually runs through the same five stages, which he calls “meta-plot” (Booker 157). In other words C. Booker demonstrates how to analyze the plot of a story by classifying it into the category it fits in and then subdividing its different stages. But does his concept really work for any story? Is it possible to categorize a book into one of Booker ́s seven plots and to subdivide its plot into the five stages of Booker ́s meta-plot afterwards? In order to question whether his theory works for different stories this work deals with the analysis of the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde according to C. Booker ́s scheme of the Seven Basic Plots.

Seven Basic Plots Literature by HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Title Seven Basic Plots Literature
Author HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Release 1988-12-01
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Total Pages
ISBN 9780002117388
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Preacher as Storyteller by Austin B. Tucker

Title The Preacher as Storyteller
Author Austin B. Tucker
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
Release 2008
Category Religion
Total Pages 218
ISBN 0805447083
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Preacher as Storyteller takes a skills-development approach to its timely homiletics topic. In short, author Austin B. Tucker reasons that "You can greatly improve your preaching by sharpening storytelling skills...A story can touch the latch spring of the heart to let the life-changing gospel come in." This book clearly helps pastors and pastoral students improve the effectiveness of their preaching by better understanding and employing the techniques of great storytelling.

Groupthink by Christopher Booker

Title Groupthink
Author Christopher Booker
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2020-03-19
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1472959086
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Groupthink, his final book, the late, eminent journalist and bestselling author Christopher Booker seeks to identify the hidden key to understanding much that is disturbing about the world today. With reference to the ideas of a Yale professor who first identified the theory, and to the writings of George Orwell from whose 'newspeak' the word was adapted, Booker sheds new light on the remarkable – and worrying – effects of 'groupthink', and its influence on our society. Booker defines the three rules of groupthink: the adoption of a common view or belief not based on objective reality; the establishment of a consensus of right-minded people, an 'in group'; and the need to treat the views of anyone who questions the belief as wholly unacceptable. He shows how various interest groups, journalists and even governments in the twenty-first century have subscribed to this way of thinking, with deeply disturbing results. As Booker shows, such behaviour has led to a culture of fear, heralded by countless examples throughout history, from Revolutionary Russia to Napoleonic France and Hitler's Germany. In the present moment it has caused countless errors in judgement and the division of society into highly polarised, oppositional factions. From the behaviour of the controversial Rhodes Must Fall movement to the sacking of James Damore of Google, society's attitudes towards gender equality, the Iraq war and the 'European Dream', careers and lives have been lost as those in the 'in-group' police society with their new form of puritanism. As Booker argues, only by examining its underlying causes can we understand the sinister power of groupthink which permeates all aspects of our lives.

Title Turning the Templar Key
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Category Social Science
Total Pages
ISBN 9781610595544
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Robert Lomas is a real-life Dr. Robert Langdon! Co-author of The Hiram Key, the bestseller that Dan Brown notes as his inspiration for the Roslin Chapel–set climax of The Da Vinci Code, is a renowned freemasonry historian and truth-seeker. In Turning the Templar Key, Lomas reveals the origins of the Knights Templar and the historical context for Dan Brown’s thrillers. Buy this book if you couldn’t get enough of The Lost Symbol and want to discover more about the exciting and mysterious symbols, puzzles, codes, and characters that were derived from Lomas’ research and writings. Lomas investigates the facts, challenges the conspiracy theorists, and guides you on an inspiring and complex quest to uncover the truth, explain the motives, and document—for the very first time—the genesis of the Templar Freemasonry.

Scared to Death by Christopher Booker

Title Scared to Death
Author Christopher Booker
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2020-08-06
Category Political Science
Total Pages 512
ISBN 1472985222
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Newly revised and updated in the light of COVID-19 For most of the latter part of the last century, and the early part of this, Britain has been assailed by a succession of 'scares', from salmonella and eggs to BSE, from the Millennium Bug to bird flu, from DDT to passive smoking, from asbestos to global warming. These scares have become one of the most conspicuous and damaging features of our modern world, so much so that as we entered the third decade of the new century, our senses had become so blunted that we scarcely recognised the real thing for what it was, until it arrived – COVID-19, for which we were almost completely unprepared. The authors analyse the crucial roles of the different factions who perpetrated the scares: from the scientists who misread or manipulated the evidence to the media and lobbyists who eagerly promoted scares without regard to the consequences, and the politicians and officials who came up with absurdly disproportionate responses, leaving us to pay a colossal price. In this updated edition, Scared to Death not only presents a detailed account of the scares that have dominated our society for the past 50 years – through all of which the authors lived – but also examines the background to the COVID-19 pandemic, tracing our lack of preparedness to its roots and then assessing, by way of contrast, why this is the real thing, as opposed to the succession of scares that we have experienced.

Monkeys with Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas

Title Monkeys with Typewriters
Author Scarlett Thomas
Publisher Canongate Books
Release 2012-09-06
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 496
ISBN 0857863797
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stories are everywhere... Exploring the great plots from Plato to The Matrix and from Tolstoy to Toy Story, this is a book for anyone who wants to unlock any narrative and learn to create their own. With startling and original insights into how we construct stories, this is a creative writing book like no other. It will show you how to read and write better.

Title The Contribution of Fiction to Organizational Ethics
Author Howard Harris
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Release 2014-09-05
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1783509481
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stories are essential to any organization. They help organizations define who they are, what they do, and how they do it. In this issue we consider how fiction has questioned the moral rules, and examined such situations, and in doing so how it has contributed to our understanding of organizational ethics.

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