Literature reminds us of stories, epics, sacred scriptures and classical works of the ancient and modern times, in which the book To Kill a Mockingbird clearly does. Literature is defined as the body of written works of a language, period or culture, produced by scholars and researchers, specialized in a given field. Why is literature important? Well, let’s see as stated in the quotation by C.S. Lewis, literature not only describes reality but also adds to it.
Authors write about something that they feel strongly about or love. I also feel that history and literature are closely related. Many great novels of this world have their basis in stories of the past, true stories taken from history. For one thing, authors usually write about what they already know about or what they see, or what they experience in life. They often write about the history of their family, town, or whatever place they live in.
“Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.” This is a popular quote by P. T. Barnum (“Barnum”, n.d.). In this quote P. T. Barnum is saying that literature in one of the most important aspects to human kind. Most of the time people read a piece of literature and don’t truly dig deep and feel what the author was intending, like in older pieces of work. First, a person should read a story. Then, they should ask themselves, “How did that make me feel and why did it make me feel that way?” and write it down to help make the thought become clearer; this is called a personal response.
This movement was a revolt against the political and social standards of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction to the reasoning of nature through science. Romanticism’s characteristics came from philosophical sources and, because it is a reaction against reasoning, it focuses on intuition, nature, and human emotions. The philosophical background of this movement came from an author named Jean-Jacques Rousseau who emphasized the individual and the power of inspiration. Romanticism later then broke off into another two movements called Parnassian and Realism. Parnassian was an offshoot of Romanticism.
This upbringing would l... ... middle of paper ... ...ee the reason that literature has played an important role in society. Many writings have helped people through hard times. D. H. Lawrence wrote writings about women and other controversial topics of the time. He is still considered one of the most memorable authors of the 20th century. Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne are some of the other influential writers in history.
The second section of this paper will examine many themes expressed in Malory’s work, Morte Darthur, such as courtly love, brotherly love, chivalry, magic, and resolution, showing how the culture and personal life of Sir Thomas Malory helped shape his commitment to translating and writing the legends of King Arthur. The final section of this paper will show how, even in the last century, writers have used personal life experiences and elements of the culture around them to create their works. One of the most taxing aspects of dealing with the Arthurian Legends is identifying the major contributors. Arthurian legends were in existence long before the lifetime of Sir Thomas Malory most notably Geoffry of Monmouth’s Historia Regina Britannia, which was written between 1136-1139. The fact that Arthurian legends were in existence several hundred years before Malory’s life makes it essential to show why the study of his life and culture are important.
The house of Usher looks run down, scary, and gloomy, like a haunted house. The setting in the first two pages creates this sad and scary mood throughout the rest of the story. Poe uses words such as “black, vacant, decayed, gray, gothic and sluggish” to create the atmosphere. This creates a very effective atmosphere in the entire story and the story revolves around the atmosphere in its entirety, showing that this is no ordinary house and there is evil involved. Edgar Allan Poe uses settin... ... middle of paper ... ...uses setting in the story, “The Fall of the House of Usher” to set the overall mood of the story, to foreshadow what will happen at the end of the story, and show character traits.
Delano High has been around fo... ... middle of paper ... ... literary arts. Also, I want to have a career that actually pertains to something I care about. I have great expectations as an author/writer that I want to meet. I want to leave an impact on the writing world. As Steve Jobs once said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” Lastly, as I mentioned over and over before, writing is one of my favorite things to do.
Even in an unconscious manner, the author’s life is an inspiration to his writings and hence having a big impact on the entire work. In this light, this paper will be a discussion of the life and work of John Ernst Steinbeck, who is more popularly known as John Steinbeck. In examining Steinbeck’s life, it will also evaluate his work, specifically regarding a short story entitled “The Chrysanthemums”.
Each of them interconnects with each forming a better understanding and flow of the stories authors write. Some examples of authors from different time periods that maintained the fundamental elements are Nathanial Hawthorne, Anton Chekhov, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, and Franz Kafka. Their specific works that exemplify the literary fundamentals of character, themes, and symbolism is “How I met my Husband,” “Metamorphosis”, “Happy Ending”, “Misery”, and “Young Goodman Brown.” A common element shown in most stories is the input of characters. Characters are one of the most important components. They often lead the stories to many components of other literary elements.