Essay on What is Literature

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Living in a technologically advanced society definitely has its perks. Today, we are fortunate to have the internet, Amazon.com to delivery books straight to your house, and wireless handheld e-books. Unfortunately, the days of going to the library to take out books, and speaking with a librarian for help on research rarely happens anymore. That’s why studying literature, and researching topics is essential for us students.
Literature can be described as a language. It has been expressed for centuries and throughout different countries and cultures. Literature is a work of art, which has been spoken in different structures and also for many diverse reasons. I believe that literature is another way to view our historical past as well.
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Finally, I want to prove that the collection of readings exhibit examples of vital American qualities that help portray the American identity. I want you as the reader to truly understand the importance of literature in our lives; past, present, and future.
Our class was privileged to have such an amazing textbook as a guide to exploring American Literature. The Norton Anthology: American Literature set gave us as the reader works of literature that have been seen as important to discover and examine. So many stories through the seventh edition could be used however; I want to focus on a few that I believe are important.
A story that The Norton Anthology introduced our class to was Revolt of Mother by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. The author of the story resided in New England during the late 1880’s. Freeman is recognized for her New England style of writing. I find to notice that with Freemans literary works she seems be clear-cut and undemanding. Freeman is known through women’s literature for her many works of talent. Freeman is widely respected and her short story, Revolt of Mother is an example of why. The short story was published in the summer of 1890. It’s a story of a rural New England farm working family. The typical, determined, hardworking father; who relies on his son to help preserve the land, and a mother daughter duo that works to keep and maintain the household. The beginning of

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