The Relation Of Literature And Life

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When I think of a work of literature and compare it to a relation with life, the Bible is the first piece to come to mind. The Bible is abundantly full of literary technique. It can be read historically, theologically, or leisurely, in which the reader can relate to human experience. The Bible as an anthology of literature, meaning a collection of literary pieces, tells the story of humankind; it is a story of tradition revealing the present. This is the view from the Christians’ eyes, and a relation to human experience. As an anthology, the Bible shares similarities with other anthologies: many authors, diverse genres, and a strategy of organization that is based on groupings of genre and historical chronology.
Archetypes play an important factor in the relation between life and literature. Archetypes are the building blocks for literature and help to identify the quality of the text. Once the reader is aware of the archetypes, it is easier to help unify the bible. This is because we as humans relate one instance of an archetype to another, helping one to relate to a personal experience. This also makes the Bible a universal piece of literature. Another literary fact making the Bible universal and more unified is the fact that it can be divided into hundreds of different types of genres and subcategories of those genres.
The writers throughout the Bible refer to a variety of literary genres in which they write: proverb, narrative, poetry, complaint, prophecy, parable, song, and many others. Not only do the writers of the Bible refer and relate to this diversity and variety of genres, but so do the readers. Some of the genres correspond to the authors’ surrounding culture and the literary forms of that time. This is one aspect where the historical view comes in for the reader. The two main genres in the Bible are narrative and poetry. These can furthermore be broken down into subcategories. Narrative subcategories include epic, hero story, parables, and many more. Poetic subcategories can be broken down into praises, verses, hymns, and many different types of psalms. These subcategories, and many of the other genres I have not listed, can furthermore be broken down to the point where the Bible contains more than a hundred types of genres. The importance of genre in the Bible is that genres have their own organization, process of the story being told, and rules for interpretation. Any piece of writing needs to be interpreted in terms of the kind of writing that it is, consequently, where the...

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