What Is Literature?

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What is Literature?

What is literature? Nowadays, literature seems to be slowly depleting. Much of this generation’s youth are what we now call, illiterate. The advancements of technologies gradually helped the adolescents to become lazier. For example, text messaging. I know text messaging is a fun and easy way to communicate with your friends, but the amount of laziness teenagers put into it is completely ridicule. Spelling “u” instead of “you” is one example. Another example--by far is the worst for me--is when people cannot distinguish the difference between “you’re” and “your,” or “then” and “than.” I mean come on, how long have the schools been teaching that? And still, the illiteracy continues. This just shows how our generation is downgrading, especially with our education.

“Education is mostly about institutions and getting tickets stamped; learning is what we do for ourselves. When we're lucky, they go together. If I had to choose, I'd take learning.”  (Thomas C. Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor)

There are multiple forms of literature, none of which can be solely called original. Assuming much of the world’s things, such as a cellular phone, has no form of originality. For example, only a few days ago Samsung was sued by Apple for an apparent “stolen idea.” Though clearly, they did not steal anything. Visualize most Android devices, they have touch screens, rounded edges, and 4G capability but none complains because no one is really original. Same goes with literature. Twilight for example, it’s a story about a vampire and werewolf with a love twist; someone out there can write a book with the same plot design but a completely different story.

“As you read, it may pay to remember this: there’s no such thing as a wholly original work of literature.” (Thomas C. Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor)

These forms of novels enable us to unlock the full potential of our imaginations. If you’re a very imaginative...
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