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Why We Study Literature

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Michelle Callaham Mr. Asbill English 102 13 January 2005 Why We Study Literature Although one's love for reading can not be explained, there are many things that can be learned from reading different pieces of literature that can be beneficial to the mind. Literature helps others to gain knowledge and enhance personal and intellectual skills. Literature can develop one's imagination, recognize human dreams and struggles, and nurture the ability to appreciate different perspectives on events. First, one has to read many works and imagine the plot of the stories in his or her mind. Many writers write in such a way that causes one to think outside of the box. For example, Robert Frost uses imagery in his poem "The Road Not Taken." ...read more.


In Housman's poem, "To an Athlete Dying Young," he suggests that life and glory is short. The best way to deal with life is to slip away from the world unnoticed because glories have a short duration. The poem helps a person reflect on his or her feelings of fame, glory, and success because it can be lost at any time and can transfer one's life. Poets and writers make the reader think more of whom they are and write works on things that are relative to real life. Lastly, literature can change a person's point of view on global issues. It lets one feel like he or she has an opinion on issues. One's reaction to literature is based on what the author intended for the readers to receive. ...read more.


This story can change how one can feel about other people's financial status and make he or she realize that some people are afraid to ask for help in a time of need. Most importantly, literature has the ability to help one mature mentally and form his or her own personal viewpoints. Through imagination, recognition, and the ability to form a viewpoint, literature helps one to gain knowledge and a better understanding of life. Many things that readers come across are written to either prove a point or to teach a life lesson. Readers may not think everything that he or she reads is enjoyable, but there is something in every story that can strike our emotions and shape our values in life. Therefore, literature establishes more thought and expression of the nature of human experience. ...read more.

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