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The Meaning of Literature Humans need to relate things in order to understand them This is where metaphors come into play Metaphors are used in our daily speech as an attempt to bring meaning and to identify with the world around us The Motive for Metaphor Frye Metaphors have fit comfortably into the English language as well as many other languages Without metaphors many people would have trouble grasping concepts simple and complex resulting would be chaos and confusion However metaphors are not the only means of understanding and recognizing these ideas Over the centuries people have discovered that there is more to literature than words on a piece of paper Literature enables humans to probe deeper into the human psyche by providing them with an array of situations which humans can identify with and learn from Children read books because they are told it will provide them with knowledge and make them wiser both intellectually and spiritually Literature maintains its integrity all over the world by constantly allowing the reader to plunge into a world which has no limits constructed in the imagination The importance of literature today is the same as it was hundreds of years ago it provides people with insight into human behaviour enables them to relate to others and allows them to embark on a journey to discover who they are Literature provides the understanding and knowledge to discover human traits and characteristics Many books contain situations and events which humans can relate to This is present in William Shakespeares Hamlet where the characters and situations mimic those in real life Hamlet goes through events that hundreds of people go through everyday such as situations of love and death Hamlet loved Ophelia yet he openly denies it because he sees it as a threat rather than something pleasant Through Hamlets actions one can see that love is an extremely powerful emotion which can spiral out of control if not taken
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