“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”- Leo Tolstoy

Using the quotation as a starting point, write a short response (2-3 paragraphs) about the role of storytelling in our understanding of civilization and/or the human experience. Build on the ideas from one of the quotations to express your thoughts about the relationship between culture, history, and storytelling. Use two or three examples from the readings assigned this semester as evidence for your interpretation of this relationship. This evidence can include historical events or literature covered in the course.