Importance Of Literature

What is the importance of English Literature?

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a good and important question. English literature is important in many different ways. Let me list a few of them. 

First, English literature tells us about the history of the English speaking world. In other words, through this literature, you are able to learn about ourselves and our history.

Second, English literature also teaches us many lessons that have universal themes, such as love, war, desire, justice and many more. When we read these topics, we become much more sophisticated in our thinking and our view of the world expands. This makes us better citizens. 

Third, English literature also makes us think, as we might not necessarily agree. We will have to form opinions and convictions of our own and the reading of English literature can aid us in the process. 

agargya | Student

The study of literature allows people to develop new ideas and ethical standpoints, and can help individuals to present themselves as educated members of society. Studying literature can be an enriching, eye-opening experience.

English literature allows us to understand the philosophical movements and ideas that permeated a particular culture at a particular time. 

Literature is a form of art; it is capable of bringing about differing emotions and a general sense of "spiritual" well-being. 

By following the histories presented throughout English literature, it is possible to understand how contemporary Western culture has developed into what it is today.It helps us to understand the past better and learn important lessons of life from it .

Some people read English Literature for their own pleasure also. It also allows us to know and learn rituals , beliefs ,superstitions  and culture of other religions and develop a secular approach towards it .Developing intolerant approaches to other religions , castes , community, groups ,countries etc. is the need of the hour in today's world and knowing their literature helps us in doing it in a better way.

zahoa001 | Student

I think that English Literature offers an auther or poet the chance to convey a palpable message through an intangible scenario. The literature itself has a microcosm of plots and characters but the overall meaning is contained when looking at the text as a whole. I think it is a lot easier to debate or discuss questions of morality and ethics when they are relevant to a peice of literature because, since the events may never have occured in the real world and therefore there is nothing tangible to relate the ideas to, it provides a premise in which to explore the author's thoughts. 

filips | Student

English literature is a path to knowledge. As with all World literature, the English literature has been a key for understanding the world and a means of inspiring and supporting  cultural and social movements.

Inspired by folklore, this literature continue to transmit from one generation to the others messages of cultural awareness, of beliefs, spiritual growth, ideals ans many manifestations of the human spirit.All over the world myths and legends similarly explained life and universe.

The English literature served as a model for European and American literature but has also taken its part of insipiration from these. The novels of Modernism and Postmodernism sought to find a way to explain the trauma of the modern individual , given the reality of the dramatic World Wars, to understand the alienation of the individual.

Reading is a way to live can evade or better come to terms with his/her own reality if the literary work conveys a clear message. The spectators of the Greek Theatre purified themselves of evil manifestations when seeing the wrong-doers being punished for their deeds, therefore Old or Modern/Postmodern English literature in its extraordinary variety of forms and genre has this purifying, educating  effect.