Even in fiction, there are tons of cycles. Some are more obvious than others, but all can provide insight to those in real life.
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Searching for a good fiction example for cycles, I discovered there's far too many to choose just one! Instead, I'll introduce two storytelling devices and a list of fiction sources to examine for yourself.
No, this isn't a new kind of cereal (would be interesting to see that). The time loop is a story that literally loops back to a previous point in time. You can probably sense the cyclic theme immediately without explanation on these.
One of the most well-known of these is 'Groundhog Day,' which illustrates how characters stuck in the same loop can use that repetition for character growth. Eventually, he breaks his "never-ending" cycle by adopting new ways of thinking (replacing his damaging cycles with helpful ones).
For more movies with time loops, check out this Wiki page.
This storytelling technique is sometimes more nuanced and less apparent. It often features a subtle re-telling of the beginning scene at the end without looping back in time. This could be a role reversal, where one character does something for another in the beginning and at the end, the favor is flipped. It could be a specific meal or phrase as well. Whatever the specifics, the purpose is to show how the character has changed from the experiences described in the story.
Click here for TV Tropes' fairly extensive selection beyond movies alone.
Spend some time immersing yourself in one of these cyclic wonders of fiction this week to help stimulate awareness for the cyclic patterns in your own life!
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