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Chapter 2. The Write Way > Four Play - Pg. 19

The Write Way Most of the writing you do in school and in life will be expository. 19 Writing That Tells a Story: Narration Scheherazade, the legendary queen of Samarkand, told her husband, Schariar, a story each night to keep him from killing her. By ending each story before the climax and thereby keeping his interest, Scheherazade won a delay of execution for 1,000 nights. On the 1,001st night, the king relented and granted her a pardon. And you thought storytelling didn't have a practical purpose! Author! Author! The Arabian Nights , also called A Thousand and One Nights, is a collection of stories, fairy tales, and fables gathered from Arabian and Indian folklore and passed down orally. Nearly 200 stories were compiled between 988 and 1011; about 250 tales appear in standard collections today. Well-known stories include "Aladdin," "Sinbad the Sailor," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." Narration is storytelling--writing that contains plot, characters, setting, and point of view. Here are