Literature represents a language or a people: culture and tradition. But, literature is more important than just a historical or cultural writing. Literature introduces us to new worlds of experience. We learn from books and literature; we enjoy the triumphs and the tragedies of poems, stories, and plays; and we may even grow through our literary journey with books. In conclusion, we may discover meaning in literature by looking at what the author says and how he/she says it. We may interpret the author 's message. However we interpret literature, there is still an artistic quality to the works. Literature is important to us because it speaks to us, it is both universal and individual, and in many ways it affects us, for the better.
When some people think of the word “Literature” they think of books like, Walden, Old man and the Sea, Tom Sawyer, Great Expectations, or Moby Dick. These are what some call “the classics.” While these few books are indeed literature do we subconsciously judge other books based on the styling’s of these few? People believe that the true meaning of “Literature,” is a literary work in which the readers mind is opened to new concepts and ideals.
For a writing to be called “Literature” it doesn’t have to be considered a “Classic” nor does it need to follow the same construct as these so called “Classics”. The book, 11/23/63, is much more of a form of “Literature” than A Tale of Two Cities. Based solely on the fact that in the Stephen King novel, he places the thought of, “What if?” into your mind.. Whereas, “A Tale of Two Cities”, depicts the plight of the French peasantry in the years leading up to the revolution, as opposed to opening your mind. While A Tale of Two Cities, shows you what life was like in those times. Stephen King shows you an alternate universe in which there was but one change, and how that one change affects how history takes its course. When the author helps your mind, explore
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