Storytelling has played an important role in human history by being part of the social and cultural activities of almost every civilization that has made a mark on our planet’s history. In a world where building a narrative plays a key role in influencing the public, it is a tool used by empires and nations. The art of storytelling is important due to the fact that it allows readers and listeners to have a deeper understanding and encourages the audience to use their imagination. Storytelling can be seen as the art of using words and, at times, theatrics to create an impact on the human mind. It is important to understand that every culture, nation, and empire has its own versions of narratives and stories that are shared with the people in order to influence them for various purposes, such as cultural preservation, instilling moral values in the younger generation, education, propaganda, etc.
The art of storytelling allows us to explore and have a much deeper understanding of the characters, the world, the setting, and the theme. It allows us to create a world that can be an inspiration for others, a world that allows the listeners, readers, and, in modern times, viewers to have the ability to use their imaginations and have a deeper understanding of the purpose behind the story. In hard times, the art of storytelling can play a critical role in creating hope within the people. In our history, storytelling has created myths and legends, both feared and loved by many. A modern example can be given of the current Russian-Ukraine escalation: during the initial stages of the war, rumors started spreading around both Russia and Ukraine. An ace pilot who managed to shoot down six Russian aircraft over Ukraine’s capital during the “Kyiv offensive” on February 24, 2022. The public, and later on, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, gave the nickname “Ghost of Kyiv” to a mythical Mig-29 Fulcrum fighter pilot. This mythical ace pilot became a morale booster for many Ukrainians. Whether the fighter pilot is real or a war myth, the art of storytelling played a major role for the public that was hopeless and in fear. This allowed Ukraine’s government to establish an effective narrative and propaganda campaign to hire additional manpower for war efforts. Storytelling allows us to connect the audience on an emotional level with the story, and the narrator has the ability to convey complex narratives and themes for the layman.
Storytelling can be seen as an age-old tradition playing an important role in times of crisis, and through storytelling, we can remind the younger generation about the old history. It is a tool that has been important in the past, present, and future. The art of narrative has limitless potential, which can have both negative and positive effects on the population. In a world where information can be acquired instantaneously, the art of storytelling remains timeless and a craft that keeps evolving from time to time. It is a craft that can influence the hearts and minds of society and transform their way of thinking. A craft passed down from our elders of the old world, where their oral tradition has now been transformed into a visual experience, yet the basics developed by our elders are still intact.