What Makes Literature "Good?"

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s): 32
  • Published: March 3, 2013
Read full document
Text Preview
Literature can be written in numerous ways; some people prefer novels and some may prefer comics. The question is, what makes that piece of literature good? The answer to this question is entirely subjective. Think about some of your favorite books and why you love them so much. By comparing your favorite books, there may be some similarities coming up again and again as you think about what you loved about them. These similarities involve realism; no matter if you are reading fantasy or paranormal, there should be some elements of reality to make the story believable. The characters of the book make a connection that makes you stand behind the characters decisions. The plot is the “make-up” ideal in all stories to construct the story that you love so much. With the three major works we have studied this semester (Hamlet, Sarahs’ Key, and Fifth Business), Fifth Business is the overall best piece of literature because it consist of realism, likable characters and a plot full of mystery that forms the complete journey.

The play Hamlet, written by Shakespeare, was a poor representation of believability, likeable characters and a plot that makes readers want to continue reading. It is a story that represents honor and revenge. The emotion of the novel is over-exaggerated, therefor lowering the relatable factor. The ghost appears to Hamlet and tells Hamlet to seek revenge for his fathers’ murder. Although the ghost shows personal traits it is not believable that Hamlet would simply be convinced to commit himself to overtly violent actions from a character that he just met. With all the quick assumptions and lack of thought before killing, it makes the story unrealistic. The main characters Hamlet, Claudius and Gertrude show traits of a hero, villain and everything in between. The likability is lacking in all of these characters because it is impossible to go along and back up their outlandish decisions. They behave rashly and impulsively to a point where connecting with the characters is difficult and unreasonable. The plot is difficult to follow therefor making in unlikely to want to continue reading. For some unknown reasons, months pass with no revenge. Revenge should be simple, if you actually accomplish it, which Hamlet did not. All he manages to do is go insane, which is complicated on its own, but more when you are not sure if he is faking it. All in all the play Hamlet, written by Shakespeare, is a story about honor and revenge that has a poor representation of believability, likeable characters and a plot that makes readers want to continue reading.

Sarah’s Key, written by Tatiana de Rosnay, was not the best piece of literature. This novel is about an American journalist's present-day investigation into the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in Paris France of 1942. The beleivabiliy of the historical context of the book is certainly achieved and captivating and the issue raised in the story is still intriguing. Nevertheless, once Sarah’s entire story is revealed, the book loses power and we are left with the dull life crisis that the narrator is faced with. She lets the people around her direct her thoughts making it hard to back up her decisions. Most of the characters in the novel are stereotyped and cardboard cut outs that don’t suit the task of determining good and evil. For example, when Joshua (Julia’s Editor) confesses that she has left out one whole side of Sarah’s story, he might as well be describing the novel. This doesn’t speak of the responsibility and guilt in any meaningful way. The plot is weak for the fact that the confrontations and falling action are not what the reader might anticipate eventually leaves the reader feeling unsatisfied and disappointed. In the end, Sarahs’ Key doesn’t fully consist of realism, likable characters and a plot full of mystery that forms the complete and thrilling journey. The novel, Fifth Business, written by Davies Robertson is the overall best piece of literature because it...
tracking img