The Never Ending Story
"[T]here's only one story."
Foster, page 185
Within this interlude, Foster reapitualtes his ideas about the continuing story. Life is cumulative of a vast variety of situations and circumsatnces, but then again, are there really that many? I get what he's saying. When literature is wittled down, the struggles are one of several: man vs. man, man vs. nature, and man vs. machine. How much does that emmulate within the real world and history? Wars, hurricanes, and flawed engineering are all ways that these problems are presented within life.
Literature is merely an element within life: a component. Many tales have been told in new ways with new spins. One example is Homer's "The Odyssey" (the tale in which the struggle to return home is embodied) was transformed into the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Allusions, symbolism, remakes, spin-offs and quoting are all means by which literature and its co-workers (film, plays, etc.) become capsulated within a cycle of never-ending recycling, reformatting and restating. Life is much the same way: as long as man exists, he will have to face the same struggles that he has had to face since the dawn of time.