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Do you think literature can serve a purpose in shaping people’s ideas about important subjects? Why or why not? Use Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains" in your answer.

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Literature has always served a purpose in shaping people’s ideas about important subjects. One of the more recent examples was President Lincoln’s famous remark to Harriet Beecher Stowe, “So you're the little woman that started this great war!” Lincoln, of course, was referring to the influence of her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published almost a decade before the start of the Civil War. It concerned popular sentiments regarding the institution of slavery. One could go back through history and observe innumerable examples of literature influencing or shaping popular opinions on important subjects.

There are many specific works of literature that leave lasting impressions on society. Without engaging in unsolvable debates on the religious or scholarly origins of books like the Bible and the Qu‘ran, consider the influence of such volumes on humanity’s evolution. How did Shakespeare’s writings on subjects as diverse as early Rome, medieval Venice, and British history shape...

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