How do you define literature? Literature is a combination of writer’s thoughts influenced by the era he lived in. It can reach the readers in the form of a story book, a novel, or even poetry.
Not to forget, it is also an honest mirror of the times.English literature is not only about the language, but about the history, the beliefs and the cultures which gave rise to those ideas.
Reading literature helps the reader to grow and hence their skills and knowledge. We bring to you 7 reasons why you should study literature. Take a look:
#1. TRAVEL BACK IN TIME
Literature has always been entwined with history. History is not always about the wars, the power struggles, the date charts and the lengthy names. It talks about the culture and background of the people who lived at that time. It is amusing to some people to know about the time that has passed because the present is nowhere close to it. Studying literature lets you dive into the history and enjoy both the time phrases at the same time.
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#2. ENHANCES YOUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Reading enhances our critical thinking skills. Regular reading helps the reader to understand the hidden meanings of the text (he learns to read between the lines). One can find symbols, themes, and characters that the writer offers and develop a connection between all of them.
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#3. HELPS YOU APPRECIATE OTHER CULTURES AND BELIEFS
Just like literature takes you back in time, it also gives you an insight into the cultures and beliefs of other people. Reading about history, mythology or any other religious books allows you to experience the beliefs and values followed by individuals in different eras. Learning about it helps you to appreciate and respect your own and the other cultures too.
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#4. EXPANDS YOUR HORIZONS
Because literature has so much to offer, the reader keeps on learning with each new word that he reads. It not only takes you into different time zones but different worlds. When we know new things, we often keep asking questions which fill our brain with new thoughts and ideas. Learning about new things helps in expanding your horizons.
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#5. LIVE A THOUSAND LIVES IN JUST THIS ONE
Literature is all about the stories, the characters and the one who creates them i.e. the writer. Reading literature helps you live a thousand lives in just one lifetime because, you literally, live all the characters you read about. Novels have a ‘make-you- belief’ effect because of which the reader starts to imagine themselves as characters in the story. So each time you read a novel, you live a different character.
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#6. IMPROVES YOUR WRITING SKILLS
The more you read, the better you write. While reading, we always come up with a bag full of new words. Learning these new words expands your vocabulary and helps you frame your words in a more desirable manner. In fact, many writers, poets, and playwrights have used literature to enhance their writing skills.
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#7. HAVE A GOOD TIME
And lastly, if for no other reason, one can read books to pass the time. Instead of wasting your precious time in watching some no brainer stuff on your television screens, pick up a good book and get going.
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