30 April 2014
Literature and Fulfilling Our Lives
Literature has a great way of being able to influence a reader. Each type of literature connects differently to different people. I see that I am able to find ways to connect literature to my life and what life is all about. I could relate situations of my life to all of the different varieties of stories, poems, and plays that we have read as a class over this semester. I feel everyone is able to find some literature that they can connect with, whether they like reading or not. Even though some people don’t appreciate literature as much as others, reading literature including morals can help people get their priorities aligned and realize how to have a fulfilling life.
Literature has different ways of showing the powerful emotion of envy. Using your emotions of envy correctly is a step in moving from worrying about yourself to worrying about others. Envy has a negative connotation as a trait in someone’s life. It doesn’t need to be looked at in that way all the time. Envy doesn’t always have to take away from another’s life to better your own. Envy can drive others to be great in life. People see how great others have it, causing them to work harder. Yet, envy can be that negative connotation. Envy can take away life from others. Having envy for something or someone connects us to the life of others and connects ourselves to what we really want our lives to become. One way that envy connects your own life to the lives of others is through the jealous type of envy. Bette Midler describes one situation of jealousy as a type of envy. “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you” (Midler). This quote describes envy as a negative. It doesn’t have to be this way. People can be happy for others with success. It can make them strive for greatness. When others see success, it makes them crave it. If success is earned for a better life, it doesn’t have to make others angry. In St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, there are a lot of instances of envy among the werewolves. The narrator states, “The pack hated Jeanette. She was the most successful of us, the one furthest removed from her origins” (Russell 233). All of these werewolves were in a school together trying to become civilized. When Jeanette found success, others envied her. Why did they hate her? For some of the werewolves, such as the narrator, she wanted herself to become better. Sometimes you have to work to be better connected with life, instead of sitting back and watching it go by. I know I can think of times when I have had envy and anger towards someone else because of their success. It’s because they date the hottest girl in class, they are rich, the most athletic, or the smartest. I have realized that all of those things don’t necessarily make them happy and a good person. I know I have strengths that the person I envy doesn’t. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. I understand that I can either work on those weaknesses to become a better person and have a better life, or can be negative and believe that everything isn’t fair for the rest of my life. I can use my strengths to satisfy my life and the lives of people that don’t share my same strengths. This is where success is shown through envy. After managing your emotions of envy, you can turn those emotions into care and love for other people, expecting the same in return. Love is a huge part of our lives. It makes us do irrational things, but keeps us moving from one day to the next. It can feel fantastic one day, and the next day it can give you the worst feeling in the world once that love is taken away. It brings you back to the people that care about you most in this world. Love connects us to the lives of others and even creates life, whether that is through friendships or having a family. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of history’s greatest role models of showing...
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