Literature and Community
September, 22, 2008
Literature and Community 1
Literature has many doors that open and relate to our community. There is so much expression and character in stories, poems and plays. At times when I read stories, I place myself as the main character and what he/she will be going through. There can be humor, tragedy and drama in stories all with different climaxes and plots.
The story “The Story of an Hour” (Dianne, pg. 38) tells of a woman who gets the news of her husband’s death from a horrible accident. She seems grief stricken at first, but later as she is by herself alone in her room, she realizes that she is free, free to breathe once again. At the end of the story, she is confronted by seeing her husband and the realization of him being very much alive, the shock, caused her very death.
I related to that story just as many other ladies probably did. In today’s society, it’s not uncommon for women to be unhappy in their marriage, and at the time of that story, it seemed that marriage was something just didn’t happen. Now, marriages ending in divorce or one of the spouses just leaving are basically an everyday occurrence today. Back in the earlier years, divorce was a word that was just not heard of. You stuck through your marriage, went through the problems, and basically had to deal with it.
I was nineteen when I got married, and I realize now that I was way too young to put myself in that commitment. My husband became very controlling after we were married, and it was only a few years that I found a way out. There are always different circumstances to every situation.
Literature and Community 2
Love is passionate, a feeling of belonging. Surprising enough, not so many people can relate to that, or to be able to say that they belong to someone special in their life. The story, “A Rose for Emily”, pg. 79, is just that. Emily was alone...