In "Why Literature," Mario Vargas Llosa lays out an argument for the importance of literature in a person's life. One of my favorite quotes from Llosa is: "But literature has been, and will continue to be, as long as it exists, one of the common denominators of human experience through which human beings may recognize themselves, and converse with each other, no matter how different their professions, their life spans, their geographical and cultural locations, their personal circumstances." Using this as a springboard for a discussion, which works this semester have completed the goal set out for literature by Llosa? Which three works have been the "common denominators of human experience through which human beings may recognize themselves"?

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Without knowing which works of literature you have read, it's difficult to build a strategic answer to that part of your question. I'll provide some ideas which I think speak to this prompt to help you think about the literature you have read.

Your thesis is basically written for you within the prompt itself. It should probably read something like this: Because of their unifying themes, ___, ___, and ___ prove to be works which speak to people regardless of life experience, and act as a mirror for readers's own life experiences.

Each body paragraph would then examine the three works you have chosen to include in your thesis, examining how each one uses themes, characters, and conflict to create a shared experience.

For example, I might choose To Kill a Mockingbird as an example. How do I then use this text to identify unifying themes? Although the novel is set close to one hundred years ago now, the conflict in the novel presents challenges that Americans still face today. Do we ever...

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