Essay on What Is Literature and Why Study Literature

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What is Literature? Why Study Literature?

At often times, literature is thought of as lackluster works and long books and passages. People often think that literature is one thing, not knowing that it is in actuality composed of several elements that we all use in our daily lives. In order to get a clear understanding of exactly what literature is, we must first identify the definition.
According to Merriam- Webster, literature is defined as the body of written works produced in a particular language, country, or age; the body of writings on a particular subject : printed matter. This definition however is a bit deceiving in truly understanding what literature really is. In the dictionary definition of literature, it is constantly
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For example if people took time out to read and learn about other cultures, they will be able to get a better understanding of why people do things that may be "different" in their culture but the norm in the culture of the other person. Human value helps us to understand that though, people all have the same emotions; they can be expressed in different ways; if we learn how to interpret literature, we will have a better understanding of life, people and their behaviors and have better social skills.
Thought values are our cognitive values that help us in making choices with clearly defined reasons. It helps us to explore multiple perspectives to problem solving and knowing what fact from fiction is. For instance if a person goes through college without actually studying the literature set before them, they may have the grade but not the ability to decipher "common sense" situations. We study literature to have the ability to consider situations set before us and have a variety of approaches to resolve them, also to understand why people make the decisions that they make.
The idea of language values simply helps us to understand language and the use of words in everyday conversation. With literature we develop skills for everyday conversation in the formulation of words and sentences and also for the gathering of information when…