As an English teacher in the future, do you think that the study of literature is of any use to you? Give reasons to support your answer.As an English teacher in the future, do you think that the...

As an English teacher in the future, do you think that the study of literature is of any use to you? Give reasons to support your answer.

As an English teacher in the future, do you think that the study of literature is of any use to you? Give reasons to support your answer.

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lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As Alice Walker states that she writes to heal herself, I read to heal myself. I have been so emotionally touched while reading a book. I have traveled the world over while reading a book. I have visited places that I would never have been fortunate enough to visit. I have encountered one adventure after another in my literacy world.

Sadly, I have visited concentration camps. After reading Night, I could only whisper a prayer for those who survived the Holocaust and those who didn't. I could only squeeze my baby while imagining innocent sweet bundles being used by Nazis for target practice. But I could pray that history did not repeat itself.

In A Doll's House, I took comfort in knowing that I was not the only one who had lived in a playhouse, and there was nothing wrong with desiring my own identity. Yes, I am woman!

In The Iliad and The Odyssey, I experienced the gods and goddesses. I formed my own opinion of Helen.

In "The Bracelet," I experienced my own epiphany. It is a wonderful thing to grow old.

I could go on and on, but I have a book to read.

Yes, "miles to go before I sleep" (Frost).



stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This should be moved to the Discussion forum - I suspect you would be inundated with responses! And there is an illustration of one of the reasons for studying literature - expansion and application of vocabulary. English is an incredibly rich and descriptive language, and I would hope that you, as a future English teacher, are becoming aware of the importance of sharing with your students the wealth at their disposal.

The study of literature allows students like you and me to learn more about ourselves as we identify with characters and situations. The study of literature also allows us to vicariously experience people, places, and activities that are not within the realm of possibility for first hand encounters.

The study of literature gives students reason to learn to organize their thoughts and communicate those ideas clearly to others, skills that are essential in every day life. Literature can encourage thinking logically, creatively, with emphasis on factual information or with complete abandon and freedom of imagination.

I can't imagine life without literature to be read and enjoyed and thought about and analyzed and applied and shared and...

Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I cannot imagine a life without literature, nor do I like to imagine the lives of anyone without literature, which is one reason I teach, and one reason I parent.   As Nazi Germany and Fahrenheit 451 have taught us, those who would seek to destroy all that is good in human life start with the books.

As others have mentioned above, literature is windows into the world around us and mirrors that allow us to know ourselves.  It allows us to travel through time.  It opens our minds and it opens our hearts.  It nourishes our souls.

Literature connects us with others in intangible and tangible ways.  We are connected with authors, with characters, and with others who have read what we read.  Literature offers us a lingua franca of discourse about ideas and feelings.  Just think how much of what we say is from Shakespeare alone!  Without literature, our lives would be impoverished, unexamined, and bleak.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An appreciation for literature is an appreciation for many other things: human nature, history, pain, love, sacrifice, art, nature, music, nobility, redemption...and the list goes on. Studying literature is a way of staying connected to the past, of inspiring the present, and hoping for the future. When we study of literature we discover we are not alone in our joy or our pain, and through literature we can share common experiences through the lives of others. Studying literature has made me a better reader, writer, thinker, and communicator. More importantly, it has stirred in me a passion for all things and introduced me to some of my greatest friends.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would not have experienced e-notes were I not a teacher! I love discussing books, reading books, writing about books, trying to write books. I have a passion for good writing and I love the emotional rollercoaster that one can experience with a good book.

I also enjoy seeing literature through the eyes of others - watching my students realise the depths of Iago's misanthropy and the tragedy of Lennie Small's death are great experiences to share.

Good luck, future Engish teacher - you are in for an exciting and fulfilling adventure!

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Literature is one of those subjects that will never grow old or anachronistic. It is linked to the activity of being human, and as a result, it is vital to realise that studying literature helps us to understand ourselves better, and our emotions, pleasures and joys. Studying literature means that we are able to tap in to universal human experiences and study what it is to be human and the psychological boundaries of our identity.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You may wish to read Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 in which books are burned.  Literature is the recording of culture and the human experience.  As a literature teacher, one can discuss almost any issue.  Literature exposes readers to ideas and helps them form their own.  It is great mental exercise with great benefits. 

In totalitarian governments, the recordings of the hearts of real people are the only truth there is.

bigdreams1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think not only future English teachers, but anyone who desires to be a leader or teacher of any kind should be well-versed in literature. The study of great works ancient and modern is a history lesson to us all. It exposes us to the customs, thought-processes, ideas, and mistakes that others have made, and allows us to move toward the future armed with the wisdom of the past.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, literature is still important.  Literature is a window to our soul.  Life is not all about technology.  In fact, in a technological world we need literature more than ever.  Literature keeps us connected to our cultural heritage, and asks the difficult questions.  As long as we are alive, we need to keep asking questions.  When we don't, then we are lost.

loraaa | Student

thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu.............very much.