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Why Should We Read Literature in the Mechanised World?

  1. anupma profile image76
    anupmaposted 5 years ago

    We are living in 21st century that is known as technical century. Everything has become mechanised in this age.. Emotions, feelings, love and affection has lost their values. It is the era of machines, then what is the need of reading literature in this mechanised world? While literature is usually full of emotions and feelings...
    This is what I want to know and discuss here. Naturally I want too your opiions that you people are agree with me or not?
    It is said that literature is the miror of society. It expresses what it sees around it. A literary person write nothing but his experiences. He/She shares her personal and impersonal experiences with the readers. So through literature we come to know about the social, psychological, economical and political condition of that century. So if we are interseted in knowing about the society, then we must go through the books that are written in that age.
    Literature's main aim is to teach, i mean to guide its readers. Although its other principle aim is to entertain as well. But through other experiences we can learn what should we do in what condition? It reveals that in this condition it can happen. In fact it broadens our outlook. Our mind becomes open. This is the second reason why should we read literature.
    The third main aim is for entertainment. When we involve ourselves in reading books, we forget ourselves and start living character's life. Its entertainment is completely of other types.. that can only be felt, not can define in words.
    It arouses feelings and emotions in ourselves. Nemesis (poetic justice) is an important aspect of literature. So it states that we will certainly get the result of our works. So be aware of your works and do what, what is really good.. Avoid bad deeds.
    There are many more reasons for reading literature in this modern world. These are only a few reasons that come in my mind while writing this hub. You can tell me other reasons as well whethre in support or against.

  2. Diane Inside profile image86
    Diane Insideposted 5 years ago

    It's not the mechanized world that makes reading literature, seem so primitive but movies of books, plays, and history.

    Why read it when you can watch a movie about in about 2 hours.

    There are many movies , from Shakespear to Homer.

    And then there are entertainment movies from Harry Potter to Jackie Collins.

    I like to read books I do indeed feel as if I am right there with the characters as they live their lives in the pages of the book.  I have been to a Texas ranch, I have seen vampires and werewolves, I have seen the London fog and felt the cold colorado winters.

    I have watched murders get solved and seen friends become lovers, all from my nook. A smart little contraption that delivers many books to me and thus many adventures.

    So of course we must read literature of all kinds.  And this is the best time in history, we have information at our fingertips, we can download books all day long on a mechanical device. And we can look up almost anything we want from the internet and gain instant knowledge.

    All in all I love reading and love this mechanized world that makes it even easier to make it possible to get almost any book I want.

    1. WriteAngled profile image91
      WriteAngledposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I have never found the movie to be anything like as satisfying as reading the original book. Even in the rare cases that the story is followed more or less faithfully, most of the subtlety is lost. I also find that the pictures forming in my head when I read the book rarely match what I see in the movie. 

      Although I have read things on my phone (Dell Streak 5 so quite a big screen) and on my laptop, I find on-screen reading frustrating. It is not possible to leaf back and forwards quickly to check back on something. Batteries run out at inconvenient times, and anyway I like having the weight of the book and feel of the paper as part of the reading experience.

      The two things I will grant importance in the modern world are the fact that I can get glasses to help me read on as the decades pass and that I have a source of bright light whenever required.

    2. anupma profile image76
      anupmaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ya, u r absolutely right. Movie can not have the same emotions and feelings as the book has. I cannot involve myself when I am seeing a movie. While I am reading a book I start to live the life of character.... So I think reading is better to feel in between the lines..

      1. andycool profile image71
        andycoolposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        The difference between reading books and watching movies is that in case of the former you have time to communicate with a character and identify yourself with it by getting deeply involved with the character... you take rest and find time to be emotionally engrossed in the character. Eventually you find yourself lost in that particular character... or we may call it protagonist.

        This is not possible in watching a movie... you don't have the time to communicate with the protagonist; so you can never become the soul of the character. Movie has far less emotional effect on human mind... movie generally stimulates our mind for a much shorter period of time.

        This is why I think literature is a superior art form to movies. smile

        1. anupma profile image76
          anupmaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Very true..........

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    Emotions, feelings, love and affection have not lost their value. At least not to me.

    But I do agree that it is important that people read literature. There is nothing more satisfying than losing yourself in a novel.

    1. anupma profile image76
      anupmaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Of course, reading is a better option to feel the pulse of the writer.

  4. makusr profile image60
    makusrposted 5 years ago

    Mechanized world should not be confused with your self. Machines are tools for doing things. They ease our way. Emotions on the other hand are your true nature. The emotions describe you and chart your path forward. Literature is communication. Man being a social animal is incomplete without reaching out to others. Literature is the effective tool for that. Literature expands our horizon and bring out our inner self.
    Machines deal with how you do things.
    Literature deals with why you do a thing.

    1. anupma profile image76
      anupmaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      U differentiate two terms very clearly. But I think, somewhere they overlap each other. As literature is the mirror of society and the writer writes what he sees around himself, so both will reciprocate each other.....

  5. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    I am clearly not living in the same world that you are. I see emotions, relationships and bookstores all around me.  I continue to read for the simple reason that I want to. Honestly, you sound a little depressed.  People today are basically the same as people have been for thousands of years.

    1. anupma profile image76
      anupmaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Change is the law of nature. We have to change with the time. I am writing what I am seeing around myself. I am not depressed at all. My dear, I am sorry to say, U r completely wrong here, I mean predicting this. Anyways I think Literature is not read just because I want to finish it, It is read because I want to feel the pulse of that age, of that writer or the characters of works. Literature is not like a simple book that we have to finish because we want to increase the list f our reading books. Hope u r getting me.
      And last thing, my question is not saying that we should not read literature, it just want to make people realise that why should we read literature............. Hope u r getting me and clear to what I want to say.

  6. anupma profile image76
    anupmaposted 5 years ago

    Ya, u r absolutely right. Reading book and seeing a movie is quite different thing