TOEFL Essay Topic 171 - Imagine that you are preparing for a trip. You plan to be away from your home for a year. In addition to clothing and personal care items, you can take one additional thing. What would you take and why? Use specific reasons and details to support your choice.

Author: jamesbutt | Date: September 26, 2016 | Score:2.5 | => 5 or 6 Essays, Click Here <=


I disagree with this statement. There are many famous fictional books and novels throughout the history of literature that have been incredibly influential. To say that “fiction is just another name for story-telling,” is an ignorant and superficial approach to literature.

“The Prince,” by Niccolò Machiavelli, is an excellent example of how fiction can heavily influence societal and political discourse. Some of the greatest minds in literature, politics, philosophy and history have often referred to Machiavelli’s work, shaping their own thoughts and opinions, and thus the world. Another great example is George Orwell’s “1984,” which portrays a glance into a future dystopian and authoritarian society. This fictional novel provides highly insightful social and political commentary regarding government role and involvement – once again, proving the importance of fiction in literature.

Furthermore, fiction also allows the reader to construct settings and scenarios within his or her imagination. Fiction has often been used as a means of “escape” throughout the history of literature. Different than non-fiction (fact-based books), one is never constrained by fiction, as there are no limitations. Whether it be fantasy, suspense or an epic adventure, the reader and author have the luxury of creating their own worlds, allowing their imaginations to run wild.

In conclusion, fact-based books obviously provide enormous value, given that facts represent truth. However, it is safe to say that fiction is equally important – allowing the truth to be exposed through creative and profound writing. Fiction has been, and will continue to be an essential and necessary part of literature – shaping and influencing the world as we know it.

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