Literature is culture; it is history; it is life lessons. Anne Sexton once said, “Poetry should be a shock to the senses. It should also hurt.” Literature can teach us things about the past that we would have never known otherwise. It allows people to look into cultures that they would not be able to experience if these short stories and poems had never been written. It teaches and influences people to live life to the fullest, and to not worry about what other people think.
I learned through the readings in this course that I really do not make a strong connection with literature. Yes, it is a great way to experience the life of others, and hear stories from other people, and learn about the culture of past generations, but I just am not much of a reader or a writer. I would much rather sit down and watch a movie about the past than read about it. With that being said, I believe whether one likes it or not he or she should have to study literature because it can really change ones life, and that is why the course is required.
History and literature are woven together. The history that is shown throughout literature taught me what went on during the past couple of hundred years. History is not all about politics and who did what, when, where, and why. History tells us about the people of their time. Studying literature will help us to better understand why things happened the way they did and will help us to better prepare for things to come. I learned new things about times of poverty during the great depression. This was a time when the stock market crashed and people lost everything they had. I also learned that Sylvia Plath was the first person to win the Pulitzer Prize after death. Literature described events and circumstances that people have overcome in their lifetime.
Learning the culture from hundreds of years ago would be impossible without literature. People used to be shocked when someone would write about sex. In today’s time sex is the main thing people write about, and is the basis to movies. It is all about the sex appeal today. That would have been strongly looked down upon in the past. Also, in the past, if one was a writer for a newspaper and he or she spoke their voice too vociferously then they would be fired for doing so. Today, people that speak their voice, and tell others how it is, are the people that usually get hired. Tom Sawyer’s writings were controversial because they encouraged boys to smoke, swear, and run away from home in stories such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Today, cigarette advertisements are everywhere and people swear in movies more than ever. It just shows how much times have changed and where things are headed in this world. I have learned that times have changed tremendously and they will keep changing whether we like it or not. Literature has allowed me to see the culture of other people that we would have never been able to experience. It allows me to see where people are coming from...