Puritan life as minister of boston's old north church, cotton mather was a popular voice in puritan new england his involvement in the witch trials of the 1680s would bring him even more notoriety. Mythology is important for quite a few reasons for one thing, it makes up a major part of anybody's heritage it is a constant reminder of who we are and where we come from. Realism refers to any attempt to portray life accurate realism in literature chronicles the lives of ordinary people--farmers, shop keepers, waitresses, construction workers realism literature is a reaction to heroism and romanticism that portrayed unrealistic deeds by elevated members of society. Everyday people interact, observe, and consume material culture it is quickly apparent how much influence material culture has on american society the works below us contemporary examples of material culture to study how americans define gender. That is why it is so important for us as a society, globally and locally, to try to shape these choices of course, this is a perennial moral issue, but there are warning signs that we need to refocus our attention on the issue now.
Regionalism and realism in 19 th century american literature in century america the civil war and westward expansion created numerous changes in society and politics american artists turned to realism and regionalism to comment on the new concerns of the time period such as the ongoing struggle of the working class as well as the societal elevation of the middle c. British and american state papers and the important sets of diplomatic documents printed during the period 1775-1786 complement the pamphlet collection extensive local and family history materials - for instance, a practically complete set of the publications of historical societies and colonial governments - contribute to the rich tapestry of. Transcendentalism's impact on american literature the impact of transcendentalism on american literature can easily be seen today for example, i think immediately of elizabeth gilbert's.
That literature is a reflection of the society is a fact that has been widely acknowledged literature indeed reflects the society, its good values and its ills in its corrective function, literature mirrors the ills of the society with a view to making the society realize its mistakes and make amends. From 'english literature: its history and its significance for the life of the english speaking world' (1909) william j long uses the analogy of a boy and man walking along a seashore and finding a shell. American literature, literature in english produced in what is now the united states  of america colonial literatureamerican writing began with the work of english adventurers and colonists in the new world chiefly for the benefit of readers in the mother country.
Literature is important in everyday life because it connects individuals with larger truths and ideas in a society literature creates a way for people to record their thoughts and experiences in a way that is accessible to others, through fictionalized accounts of the experience. African american literature, body of literature written by americans of african descentbeginning in the pre-revolutionary war period, african american writers have engaged in a creative, if often contentious, dialogue with american letters. The emotional situations and moral dilemmas that are the stuff of literature are also vigorous exercise for the brain, propelling us inside the heads of fictional characters and even, studies suggest, increasing our real-life capacity for empathy. There is a stigma in society that implies one who is more inclined toward science and math will somehow be more successful in life, and that one who is more passionate toward literature and other art forms will be destined to a life of low-paying jobs and unsatisfying careers.
In which john green kicks off the crash course literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions why do we read what's the point of reading critically. Twain is mainly important for the novel the adventures of huckleberry finn many scholars consider it the greatest american novel ever written because it dealt with the humanity of african-americans, it is funny, told from a child's point of view but serious as it deals with race, greed, child abuse etc. The influence of literature on society is felt directly or indirectly thus miss stowe's uncle tom's cabin' was directly responsible for a movement against slavery in literature and life in usa of those days.
Literature in all forms is everywhere in today's society, and with this idea, it is clear just how important it is whether it is studied in the classroom, read for pleasure or purpose, literature is a central part of many lives. Overview american literature, 1865-1914 the transformation of a nation the civil war, and the enormous devastation and loss of life it caused, left the united states morally exhausted at its conclusion. Sylvia plath's work as a poet and expansion on the style of confessional poetry led her to become a major part of american literature the ways plath highlighted the injustices of sex-based roles and psychiatric care make her important to all of american history.
After the war of 1812, there was an increasing desire to produce a uniquely american literature and culture, and a number of literary figures emerged, among them washington irving, william cullen bryant, and james fenimore cooper. Of those americans who were admitted into the scientific royal society of london, the vast majority were new england puritans the large number of people who ascribed to the lifestyle of the puritans did much to firmly establish a presence on american soil. The study of literature allows people to develop new ideas and ethical standpoints, and can help individuals to present themselves as educated members of society studying literature can be an.