The Value of Literature

2146 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 9 Pages
Literature assists human beings in two very distinct ways. First, literature helps the individual to imagine. The value of imagination absolutely cannot be underestimated. As J.K. Rowling once said, "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In it's arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared" (Harvardmagazine.com). Here, Rowling highlights two aspects of the most crucial importance of imagination: the ability to dream and the ability to empathize. Imagination helps one to build worlds beyond one's immediate circumstances, crafting things that the monotony of everyday existence cannot offer. This can be things as delightful as magic, sorcery, flying on broomsticks, being invisible, fighting evil monsters or other journeys. Imagination can act as an instant time machine, taking one to the forefront of bitter battles of the Civil War or to the glamorous and roaring twenties. For example, Christopher in the novel The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime asserts "I find it difficult to imagine things which did not happen to me" (Haddon, 5). This is a common issue for people and something which literature can correct. Imagination, essentially, opens doors in one's…