Essay on How Does Literature Shape Society?

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H uman rights activist and Nation of Islam leader Malcom X once said “The media 's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that 's power. Because they control the minds of the masses” (Malcom X 1963). This claim invokes me to think about the extraordinary effect literature has had on shaping our society. I find it especially intriguing that entire countries can be ruled by the media, such as North Korea. In the communism-spread country, the media brainwashed society into thinking Kim Jong-un is a supernatural figure. Perhaps literature bridges the gap between law and morality, since it can be used to dictate what one can and can’t do. For example, gay marriage has only recently become legal in the United States. It was prohibited because the media imposed certain taboos in society such as the standard colour of blue for boys and pink for girls. This leads me to ask: to what extent does literature shape society?
Watching Andy Wachowski’s The Matrix, it is evident that the media plays a huge role in shaping the society. However, the media in the science fiction film is not the same as our world. In The Matrix, the media is controlled by the Agents, whereas on our world it is controlled by corporations. The role of the Agents in the fictional universe is to establish a binary world; free of thought and choice. This is done in order to protect the Matrix from being revealed as a false reality. To…

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