World literature is a means by which people from all around the world can relate through stories. These stories from different groups help explain other peoples’ thought process and how they go about writing. If you have read African literature, you often see animals as the main characters in the writings. This tells the readers that they lived in the presence of lions tigers and maybe even bears, oh my. As a citizen of the United States of America in the twenty-first century, I rarely see lions and tigers, only if they have escaped from zoos or private owners. To understand what they are saying, we must imagine that we too live amongst exotic creatures as many African storywriters do.
Through reading world literature, we gain a better knowledge of the human condition. Many cultures, for example, have a creation story to try to describe the world we live in today and its origins. They often credit a god or a spirit for creating the earth and its people. In addition, I have read many pieces of literature that look to “blame” someone or something for death including Coyote and the Origin of Death. Now we all know that the people who wrote these stories had a little common sense and knew that a coyote could not be responsible for death. They had no better explanation for death so they “blamed” the coyote that looked like it was running from something.
World Literature is also used as a source of entertainment. Most people read for the enjoyment and curiosity that comes along with it. Before there were radios, plays, and TVs, people had literature to read or listen to. This passion for literature expands the readers thought process. Many of the stories look at something, for instance death, in different ways that we never thought of.
World literature, for example Genesis from the Bible, does not reveal part of the human condition openly. In order to learn this, you must ponder what the author was thinking at the time he wrote this piece...