Critical Lens: "A work of literature must provide more than factual accuracy or vivid physical reality... it must tell us more than we already know." - E. M. Forster Consider the quotation above and decide whether you agree or disagree with it. Then, write an essay in which you support your assessment of the quotation through analysis of one or two of the literary texts you have read. Be sure to support your argument with specific details from the literary text(s) you have chosen . Your analysis should include consideration of formal features of the text(s), such as plot, setting, theme, and characterization.
I agree with the quotation. Literature should not be all about sound facts nor is it about fantasies. It must lie in between. We each have our own levels of understanding and our own personal fantasies. A work of literature must provides us with something new in order for the time spent in consuming it be worthwhile. The Book Thief tells us of hard facts but it also provides us with something else, how a life of young child harboring a wanted man is changed after the fact. In the Lord of the Rings, a fantasy world is so vivid and wide that you yourself can navigate through it.