The Past is an objective look at what has happened. In contrast, Memory is a subjective look at what has happened. Therefore, Memory of the same events varies among individuals creating many different and possibly conflicting recollections.
Often one’s current feelings come from memories, both pleasant and unpleasant. Many a taut story revolves around a character’s effort to resolve open issues from its memories by recalling or forgetting them.
The Zen of Story Structure
DEFINITION: Memory: recollections.
SYNONYMS: remembering, recollections, reminiscence, recalling, retention.
DYNAMIC PAIR: The Conscious, present considerations.