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Topic Reading-Vol.2215-5/5/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,
How stories have shaped the world?
A story is an account of imaginary or real people and events told mainly for entertainment. Most people enjoy reading stories for fun. But some of the intriguing stories seemed to have gone beyond entertainment and played important roles in history.
One example is the Iliad by Homer, a war story about characters of Greek myth and history, including Achilles, Helen, and Hector. The story seemed to have influenced Alexander the Great’s conquering of the Persian Empire. Also, some stories opened doors to new literacy cultures, such as The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu’s and One Thousand and One Nights by Scheherazade. The Divine Comedy by Dante is another example which helped establish the Tuscan language, in which it is written, as the standardized Italian language, a departure from Latin. Nowadays, a story that is most often referred to is George Orwell’s 1984, which was published nearly seven decades ago.
Why are great stories so influential?
Enjoy reading the article about what famous stories have done to our history.

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