Help with creating a meaningful story about pride and honor?Help with creating a meaningful story about pride and honor?

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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What is your question? Are you asking for recommendations regarding short stories already written that deal with the topics of pride and honor? Are you asking for ideas regarding how to approach writing a story of your own about an incident in your life reflecting pride and honor? If you need help understanding how to write a story, you should contact the Essay Lab since it is the more appropriate forum for help with writing projects. If you are looking for recommendations, there are a multitude of possibilities. Have you been given any other criteria for the story you select that could help to narrow the field?

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would think that you would need to decide what you want to say about pride and honor.  You would need to decide if you think that these are positive things (because they make people act in good ways) or if they are negative things (because they make people arrogant, for example).  Once you have decided which attitude you want to take, you need to think up situations where characters can show either good or bad behavior that stems from their sense of pride or honor.


Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The goal of your story (essay?) is, presumably, to define pride and honor. First of all, I'm not sure it will be as easy to cover both of these as ideas as it would be to identify just one; though they are similar concepts, they are not synonymous. Second, I'll remind you that one way to define something is to show what it is (give positive examples of it) or, conversely, what it is not (give antithetical examples). Good luck!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
You put this is the essay section, so I am not sure if you are writing a story or writing an essay about writing a story. Either way, there are some things to keep in mind. In order for the story to have something meaningful to say about pride and honor, it has to have complex characters that grapple with these issues. You also need significant events that give the reader enough emotional impact to care about the character's pride or honor.
mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Perhaps you can choose a person from history or contemporary life who has exemplified these qualities and base your essay/story upon this person's actions. If, for instance, you are to write an essay that defines these attributes, then real-life examples will serve as narrative examples for your definition.