Essay about Why Do We Read Literature?

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Why do we read literature?
C.S. Lewis once said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” We do not read literature to simply entertain or to escape the reality of our lives. Literature enriches our minds so that we can see outside of the real world issues and start to think about the big picture. The real world demands so much attention that many of us find it difficult to think or question beyond it. We read literature to get a sense of our history, to teach ourselves to ask questions, and to expand our minds and help teach us new ways of seeing the world.
Literature has a way of unraveling us into distant places, ancient times, and to different people while introducing us to the way they speak and write. The more literature that we read, the more we understand things about life and cultures. The literary works we have read this semester has through history has shown me a key major thing to me. It is that no matter the time difference, different continent, or even different culture, we still connect to them because we are

all human beings. We have the same feelings that people hundreds of years ago that we can identify with. In the “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare, there is a major theme of betrayal. Even though this play was written hundreds of years ago, when people read the story, we…

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