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New social values are oftentimes presented in radical literary works While such literature is more stimulating and entertaining to the audience it is futile to try and determine if it serves society better than conservative forms which merely reflect societys values Approach any piece of literature with suspicion Whether it is a novel or a news report it is only the product of a human mind and therefore never objective Take it with a grain of salt and put it not only in the context of contemporary and previous events but also of future aims Who is the writer What does he want Who is financing him or her Whats on the agenda What is the message But dont bother asking if social change is being advocated or not because the substance is more important than the form an idea can be relayed in different forms and the same work is sometimes perceived as being of different form by different social groups For example the current issue of embracing marijuana use in Canadian society Its literary proponents can either be seen as pioneering new social values for daring to even suggest such a notion parents of teenage kids are horrified or as simply reflecting the actual situation as it exists on the street since a large portion if not the majority of todays individuals smoke marijuana regardless of its legality dude welcome to the present There are countless other examples that show the frivolousness of trying to categorize literature as being pro-change or just a reflection of current values since society is rarely homogenous thus making it a purely relative and personal matter Even Shakespeares literature could not be clearly sorted out In Henry V the king is first portrayed as narcissistic cranky war-like and unable to handle criticism This shatters the illusion that his reign is divinely decreed or that his power is explained by his goodness Such blatant derision of royalty is
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