TS Elliot's The Use of Poetry

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Elliot delineates the function of literature:
[Literature] may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves, and an evasion of the visible and sensible world.
In other words, reading literature goes beyond just the words of the author. As readers, we become more aware of what the narrator and of what the characters might be feeling. There are feelings that form our underlying base of who we are and a lot of the times we avoid them because they’re a constant reminder of what’s real versus what we want to think is real. From time to time literature may make the readers thing of something personal that gives us a sense of reality. Through John Updike’s Rabbit Run, Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire, Margaret Atwood’s Happy Endings, James Joyce’s Araby, Patrick White’s The Vivesector, and Jorge Luis Borges’ Pierre Menard, Author of the ‘Quixote’ readers come to find a sense of reality within the characters portrayed through these works. In John Updike’s Rabbit Run, we see Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom constantly running from his problems throughout the novel. The story begins telling us that Harry was a salesman who married a coworker Janice whom was currently pregnant with their first child. Throughout the novel we come to find that Rabbit is very self-centered, even though he doesn’t know what he…
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