There are a large number of people in society who assume and believe that literature is insignificant and underestimate its potential to bless our minds with exceptional wisdom. Those people generally give an impression that persons who are more interested in sciences and mathematics are only going to have great careers and the students who are more inclined towards humanities or arts subjects such as languages and literature and other subjects are going to survive with the low-paying jobs in their professional life. Commonly, an impression is passed on that literature has no importance. On the other hand, to many people, literature serves as a gateway toward the horizon of learning from history and widens the understanding and knowledge about the world.
First of all, literature helps us to unlock our minds and perception of the world and allows us to see out of the box. With this, we begin to reflect, ask questions, and understand better.
History and literature are interwoven with each other forever. History produces literature and the latter preserves the former. While we study literature, we also study history at the same time and come to know about heroes, people, customs and traditions, lifestyle, fashion, and interests of that contemporary times. The world of the present era is not akin to that was in the 14th century, the people have changed to a great extent. Without literature, we would not have been able to know about the characters, social and political issues, history, and the people who came before us and walked on the same ground as us.
Reading literature gives us knowledge about history, religion, customs, and traditions; and provides us the opportunity of understanding customs and beliefs other than our own. Literature helps us to understand other systems of living around the world.
Reading literature helps manifolds in strengthening and improving writing skills. Reading plays a pivotal role in enhancing one’s writing skills and style. Do you question yourself after opening a book and reading the content: How did this person imagine and write this? The answer is that most of the authors, playwrights, and poets had read much literature before they themselves became writers.
Literature cultivates knowledge in the mind of the readers and provides wisdom of good and evil; and experiences the call to justice. Though literature can never itself make us a better person it can play a major role in assisting us in the quest. It can enhance our way of living after examining and understanding the meanings and moral lessons hiding in literary texts. (We learn what is healthy and destructive in the world and are challenged to face injustice and its consequences. Literature can challenge us to ask what we can do to eliminate the problems that have been portrayed.
Literature is filled with human reactions and emotions. The psychology of humans is craftsmanly represented in plays, novels, poems, epics, essays, and diaries. As we read and analyze literature, we are at the same time studying human psychology through different characters and gaining more knowledge about it.
We get more significant information about ourselves and our responses by studying literature because we naturally collate our lives with those in literature. We deepen our feeling of human reactions and our own self-responses, as we equate and contrast, not only the views of multiple authors but also our own views. By studying literature, we can become deeper and more self-conscious people.
Literature becomes a great source of entertainment and pleasure when one develops a literary taste. Reading novels, plays, drama, and non-fiction stuff becomes a major hobby of people and they love spending time with books in their leisure time. It is a perfect activity if your hobby serves you with knowledge, information, and pearls of wisdom besides being a source of entertainment.
One of the major aspects of literature, whether it be novel, drama, poems, or other forms, is to address human nature and conditions that affect all people. These may be the need for progress, confusion, and horrors of success and failure, the need for companions and family, the generosity of compassion and empathy, confidence, or the perception of imperfection. Through literature, we come to know that imperfection is not always unfortunate and that being always normal can be boring. We learn the thing that life should be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. In short, we require a literature to make connections with our own humanity.