What Are the Literate Arts Good for? Essay

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What Are The Literate Arts Good For? Miller asked a question in his text, The Dark Night of the Soul, which is asked on numerous occasions. ‘What might the Literate Arts be good for?’ Miller gives situations and reasons why we could say the Literate Arts are useless in today’s world. What might the Literate Arts be good for? I ask this question a lot nowadays too. When I go for an English class or see literary books, the question creeps into my mind unconsciously. In this modern world ‘reading and writing’ have gone downhill and yet people do not seem bothered or affected by it which makes the doubt in literary power even stronger. But after a lot of thinking and research, I have come to realize that literate arts are still needed in…show more content…
Her life was not easy, her husband got shot and was left alone yet she came back to care for him. That didn’t stop him from verbally abusing him. But when push came to shove, she just left because she kept expressing how she felt. She could have killed her husband if she let her anger pile on inside but she let it out and it made a lot of space in her heart to forgive her husband. Writing and other forms of self-expression have helped many others alike so this says a lot about the usefulness of the literary arts. The Literate Arts can also be used has a kind of time capsule. The future needs to know how the past was and what better way than through our literature. Our literature allows the future to know how we communicated, acted, what we believed in, our doubts, our successes and our failures. We could not make progress today without examining our past. Being an Architecture student, I have read a lot of architecture related literature, texts and journals from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s and so on. It was clear one led to another meaning the future looked to the past to learn from their mistakes and build on their successes. Our literature can give access to our soul so the world of the future can know how we thought and why we thought like that. Miller wrote about the book ‘The Information’ by Martin Amis in his text, The Dark Night of the Soul, and showed how Amis believed that this point of literature being important

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