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Often it is easy for us to take for granted much of the literature we read as simply a source of amusement or entertainment There is no denying that in most cases this is one of the main purposes for which literature is written However the majority of literature also performs many social functions which can have a vast impact on the way members of the community live there lives and interact with those around them Literature is part of the fabric of society DU Study Guide 2003 p24 Any form of literature be it a Greek tragedy a medieval romance a Shakespearian play or even a fairy tale is coloured by the social experiences of the author We all belong to a particular social or ethnic group are in a particular class whether we like the idea or not and live in a particular time These things help to make up the world we know and shape our attitudes values beliefs and opinions Our every thought and action is influenced by our experiences within the society in which we live Therefore it is impossible for an author to create a piece of work that does not reflect these influences in some way This leads us to an important social function of literature Literature works to reflect and examine the ways in which particular societies or social groups view the world This in turn helps us to better understand other cultures classes andor times By questioning beliefs and attitudes and examining differences and similarities between cultures and classes we are able to gain an increased understanding of the range of human experience in its continuities and possibilities Lyle 1996 p2 Another possibly negative social function of literature however is that it often makes the agenda of the privileged classes the agenda of the culture Lyle 1996 p4 Literature is only created by those who are privileged enough to have the education
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