gre_Iessay_2 - Issue Topic "Imaginative works such as...

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Issue Topic "Imaginative works such as novels, plays, films, fairy tales, and legends present a more accurate and meaningful picture of human experience than do factual accounts. Because the creators of fiction shape and focus reality rather than report on it literally, their creations have a more lasting significance.”
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Think before you begin Do imaginative works hold more lasting significance than factual accounts, especially for the reasons the speaker cites? What are the various dimensions of the human experience, a fictional work can add meaning to.
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Is it not so that a fictional work that amounts to pure fantasy, with no historical context, it can not hold any lasting significance than a factual account as claimed by the speaker in the statement?
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Introduction Do imaginative works hold more lasting significance than factual accounts. for the reasons the speaker cites? To some extent the speaker overstates fiction's comparative significance. However, I tend to agree with the speaker. By recounting various dimensions of the human experience, a fictional work can add meaning to and bring in appreciation of the times in which the work is set. Even where a fictional work amounts to pure fantasy, with no historical context, it can still hold more lasting significance than a factual account. Examples from literature and film serve to illustrate these points.
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I concede that most fictional works rely on historical settings for plot, thematic, and character development. By informing us about underlying political, economic, and social conditions, factual accounts provide a frame of reference needed to understand and appreciate imaginative works. Fact is the basis for fiction, and fiction is no substitute for fact. I would also concede that factual accounts are more "accurate" than fictional ones-insofar as they are more objective. But this does not mean that factual accounts provide a "more meaningful picture of the human experience: on the contrary, only imaginative works can bring a historical period alive by way of creative tools such as imagery and point of view. And. only imaginative works can provide meaning to historical events--through the use of devices such as symbolism and metaphors.
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course LANGUAGE E101 taught by Professor Gre during the Spring '11 term at Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani - Hyderabad.

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