Describe how reading can impact you or your society.

Reading can impact a person as books can help someone through painful times and lead to life-changing revelations. Reading can also impact a society, since the words people read can cause massive protests or even violence.

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Reading can impact a person or their society in several ways. Many notable people have written about how reading has specifically impacted them. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou discusses the huge influence that books had on her. She describes books as a “secret” that would help her for the rest of her life. For Angelou, books served as an escape from her tough conditions. They also gave her a new way to think about her struggles and pain. In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, reading has a similarly profound impact on Douglass. For Douglass, reading pulled him from his “mental darkness” and highlighted the abhorrence of chattel slavery in the United States.

The power of reading has been reinforced by the actions of governments. Throughout history, governments have banned or destroyed books out of fear that they might subvert their policies. The Nazi regime in Germany was so concerned about the threat of certain books that they hosted large book-burning events in which people burned books by allegedly dangerous authors like Karl Marx and Bertolt Brecht.

Nowadays, people read a lot more than books. They read texts, Tweets, and words on various social media posts. This type of reading seems to have a powerful impact on society. Many people attribute a range of consequential events to what people are seeing and reading online.

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