The Importance Of Self Discovery In Literature

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Literature, a body of written works, is something that I sometimes find myself leisurely immersing in. It allows for the limitations of my own ordinary situations to be seized momentarily whilst I let mind be free and my own imagination wander. The pursuit of self-discovery is present within many forms of literature and can be told through plots and central characters. I often discover new societal universal longings that arise from the novels pages which encourages me to reflect on my own sense of self. The unique interpretations and individual thoughts made by readers allows for a diverse range of reactions to literature. It allows for the words on a page to transform from still words, into a journey of personal expedition, where individuals deepen their connections to the characters as well venturing on a self-discovery expedition. I can relate with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s claim that “you discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong”. I have recently read both a novel, The light between oceans by M.L Stedman, and a memoir, Reckoning by Magda Szubanski, that have allowed me to reflect upon my own sense of self and question my own societal universal longings.
The light between oceans by M.L Stedman is a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. At the heart of Stedman’s tale, a mesmerizing quest for lasting relationships, is the heartfelt story of a lighthouse keeper Tom and his wife Isabelle, who share a
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