Erin Hanson Hour 4 9/7/11 The Importance of American Literature Some would say the importance of American Literature is quite the same as the importance of American History, because of the history which is generally a part of the literature. What is the difference? While learning about American History you get the facts of people, places, and times and learn about the events that took place. You learn about the reasons behind historical events and the outcomes of it all, but what are you missing that could be critical to what and how you learn about history? You’re missing the emotion behind the struggle and success, and you’re missing the parts which relate to you. These things might help you realize your connections with our history. They say over and over that if you don’t learn from your past, the past will repeat itself; but I, personally, don’t find that connection in a history textbook. I learn it from the personal writing of those who witnessed and experienced history. American Literature is also very often referred to in our culture in general. Famous quotes and phrases are heard often, but aren’t necessarily always understood, which gives us another reason to learn and to understand. Finally, American Literature can give us different viewpoints on the world and show us how and why our culture has evolved.
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