Why We Read Literature Essay

897 Words Sep 24th, 2010 4 Pages
Why we read literature
The word literature means ‘acquaintance with letters.’ With literature we can put anything and everything into words and play it like a video for someone else to see. It is a profession where words are arranged in such a way that they describe, feelings, emotions, experiences etc. it describes society and the people living in it, what they think of it and what they want it to be.
There are many reasons to why we read literature. We could read it for information which is to learn about cultures, traditions, beliefs and attitudes. This could be to relate to other people or differentiate them from ourselves and see how different we all are even though we are all the same creatures. We can see how different people
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Literature introduces several themes such as nature, love, war, hate, betrayal, sufferings, isolations etc. Themes like these surround our everyday life in one way or another. Literature can suit different needs of the audience for example there could be tragedies, love stories, comedies. Literature is also an outlet/ expression of a literary person’s thought and it’s an outlet of their emotions. For example poetry is mostly an expression of a poets emotional feelings and it could be a playwright’s expression of ideas for example in Shakespearian plays it was apparent that through his play (comedies mostly) he exposed the society to their own follies by presenting them in a play usually a comedy which often made the audience laugh at their own mistakes only to become aware of themselves and their society. This way literature was used as a tool to raise people’s awareness to the virtues and vices in the society.
Through literature, an individual (literary person) can address ideas to a large/ mass audience and educate them about cultures and societies through recurring themes and their own insights thus leaving a powerful impact on its addressees.
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