Why literature is important?
Literature molds man as a total human being, sympathetic, aware and sensitive. It educates and entertains. When we read literature, we are informed of events that beset our environment and the fictitious characters and colorful events amuse us. Literature leads us to understand the life of man. It is important to us because it speaks to us and it affects us. Even when literature is seemingly ugly, it is still beautiful. It enlivens human interest and enriches and colors our imagination. Literature is both the foundation of human knowledge and the record of human experience. The word itself stems from the Latin “litteratura,” meaning writing, grammar and learning. Although usually associated with creative works, the term encompasses the writings of all subjects, nations and cultures. Without literacy, the ability to read and write, there is no literature and thus no connection to the shared heritage of mankind as captured by the written word. Literature is the foundation of life. It places an emphasis on many topics from human tragedies to tales of the ever-popular search for love. While it is physically written in words, these words come alive in the imagination of the mind, and its ability to comprehend the complexity or simplicity of the text. Literature enables people to see through the lenses of others, and sometimes even inanimate objects; therefore, it becomes a looking glass into the world as others view it. It is a journey that is inscribed in pages, and powered by the imagination of the reader. Ultimately, literature has provided a gateway to teach the reader about life experiences from even the saddest stories to the most joyful ones that will touch their hearts. From a very young age, many are exposed to literature in the most stripped down form: picture books and simple texts that are mainly for the sole purpose of teaching the alphabet etc. Although these are not nearly as complex as an 800-page sci-fi novel, it is...
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