Why literature is our most important cultural tool

Literature is a tool which shapes culture, and then edifies it. It creates vicarious experiences within the reader, therefore allowing us to live the lives of others. In this way, it is also a tool which crafts us into the individuals we become. Its twofold purpose of crafting culture and individuals is a contiguous, symbiotic…… Continue reading Why literature is our most important cultural tool

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, a review and analysis

Warning- this review contains spoilers!! Sometimes the greatest horror is actually real life. This becomes a matter of fact when one approaches Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It’s a rich book, and I could interpret it from many angles. On one hand, it is a domestic horror, showcasing the life of…… Continue reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, a review and analysis

A deeper understanding of the narrative form

The word ‘narrative’ comes from the Latin word ‘narrativus’, meaning ‘to tell a story’. That is exactly how we come to understand what a narrative is- a linear description of a series of events, usually with a standard beginning-middle-end form. However, what is worth considering is what the need for narrative says about the human…… Continue reading A deeper understanding of the narrative form