Why is the study of literature important? If at all its important.Why is the study of literature important? If at all its important.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Absolutely. Studying literature gives instruction on the human condition. It provides clarification on conflicts that many of us face. We see how others deal with the conflicts, and we realize that we are not alone. Studying literature also helps us clarify our thoughts with real issues in a setting where a wrong idea is not critical to our life. Last (and you don't have to study it for this benefit) but not least, literature provides escape and entertainment.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I firmly believe literature, like art (and literature is actually art as well) is not only a reflection of our lives, but a reflection of life during the times it was published, in the places it was published.  So reading Shakespeare is not merely fantastic in itself (and to me, it is) but it is a window into England in the 16th and 17th centuries.  Of Mice and Men lets me more accurately imagine what it would be like to live during the Depression, or to be a migrant worker today even.  Bless Me, Ultima takes me to 1940s Latino southwestern America. Great Gatsby puts me in the Roaring 20s.

Think of literature like a collection of snapshots of another era, another way of thinking, and another way of writing.  It gives us empathy, and teaches us history, most times without our even knowing it.

Yes.

Literature, unlike TV/movies/pictures - preserves through the art of language, which, when used well, can be so much richer and deeper and more widely appealing than (in my humble opinion) any other form of art or media.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I firmly believe literature, like art (and literature is actually art as well) is not only a reflection of our lives, but a reflection of life during the times it was published, in the places it was published.  So reading Shakespeare is not merely fantastic in itself (and to me, it is) but it is a window into England in the 16th and 17th centuries.  Of Mice and Men lets me more accurately imagine what it would be like to live during the Depression, or to be a migrant worker today even.  Bless Me, Ultima takes me to 1940s Latino southwestern America. Great Gatsby puts me in the Roaring 20s.

Think of literature like a collection of snapshots of another era, another way of thinking, and another way of writing.  It gives us empathy, and teaches us history, most times without our even knowing it.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I have no doubt that literature is a great source of joy and even profit for people who like and love literature. But then there are many who do not have any interest in literature - particularly in the classical or highly intellectual kind of literature. I believe, there is no point in forcing such people to read and learn too much of literature. The basic ability to communicate - that is to be able to speak, read and write fairly well is important for almost every individual today. To the extent literature helps to improve the basic communication ability, teaching literature is fine. It may also be justified to give some exposure of basic literature to everyone, so that those with a latent flair and liking for literature, can discover this aspect in themselves. But I see no benefit in forcing literature on those who do not like it.

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kimishat | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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Literature is the window into history, it is in most instances uncensored. A literary work allows not only for the reflection of a period, era, etc... but also for the untold to shine. We get to see the world through different perspectives.

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