It is amazing that my journey as an English: Literature major has almost come to a close so quickly. My path has been a smooth and enjoyable one, and it is with great sadness that I begin to gather up the ends of my literary education. I know that I will continue to grow and develop as a critical reader/thinker throughout my lifetime, but I will sorrowfully miss the educational structure that has shaped my literary understanding for the last three years.
I consider my greatest strengths as a literature major to be my insightfulness and creative slant with which I approach a piece of work. I have a love for all genres of literature and enthusiastically grasp the text with an eagerness to understand it and relate to it. I love falling into a work, becoming oblivious to all that is around me, being aware only of what is happening on the pages before me. Curiosity leads me to find out more about the authors, the time periods in which they wrote, and the social conditions which they endured and are reflected in their work.
These essays demonstrate my strengths by showing that I am not satisfied with taking a work for what it is worth after a first reading. I know that not everything is apparent at surface level, and only after rolling up my sleeves and going back for more will I truly begin to see what the author is trying to say. I enjoy looking at pieces from different and creative angles in an attempt to try to comprehend them. My choices also reflect my interest in a variety of genres, as one selection focuses on poetry and the other on short fiction. By reading the autobiography of Boland and the biography of Mansfield, I gained insight into where these women were writing from and how their interests affected the style, structure, and form of their work. Having knowledge of the social, political, philosophical, and religious forces that influenced the authors and the people they wrote about only makes it easier to understand...
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