Is Literature the Expression of the Human Condition
Oh yes, is literature the expression of the human condition or is it not? Yes, literature is and for only one reason, Normans Conquest 1066. But also literature is recorders of history, recordings of time. Literature also a sequence of words, it can consist of all meanings, expressing the human condition, emotions, recorders, it defines life. The human condition is experiences of being human in a social, cultural, and personal context, it's an aspect of positives and negatives of being human.
So forth, literature is shown in Death of a Salesman, where Willy is stuck in his own past and everyone but him knows that. But like all humans, we all have dreams, hopes, and plans.
"LINDA: He’ll find his way.
WILLY: Sure. Certain men just don’t get started till
later in life. Like Thomas Edison, I think. Or B.F.
Goodrich. One of them was deaf. [He starts for the
bedroom doorway.] I’ll put my money on Biff."
Willy hoping that one day for Biff to be a famous salesman, like one of the best salesman out there, at the top with Thomas Edison, or B.F. or Goodrich. But both Linda and Willy knew that Biff would never be a major success in business, but even though they knew it, they still hoped and believed in him. The American dream was to be the number one, at the top better than everyone else and that's what Willy always wanted, he wanted to be the best, especially the best salesman. He was living in the past and ruining all hopes of ever becoming the best. He just couldn’t grasp on the fact that the future was coming sooner then he thought, and wasn’t ready for it.
CHARLEY: "Nobody dast blame this man. You don’t
understand: Willy was a salesman. And for a salesman,
there’s no rock bottom to the life. He don’t put a bolt to a
nut, he don’t tell you the law or give you medicine. He’s a
man way out there in the blue riding on a smile and a
shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back—that’s an
earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple spots on
your hat and your finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A
salesman is got to dream boy, it comes with the territory."
Charley insisting that Willy a salesman and no matter he always will be, his dream will never die, and even when your salesman and it's not going the best it possibly can or you're not the best in the world there's no rock bottom.
Also as you can see in Great Gatsby ,Literature is expressing that humans can be split by wealth. The poor do their own thing, have their own parties and then the more wealthy class stay with their group and have their own events. But also in this book it prove one man's love for a women and how long and how far people are willing to go to prove their love. Well for Gatsby he just never gave up on the girl of his dreams, he followed her, set up every moment perfectly, planned everything.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just
remember that all the people in this world haven't had
the advantages that you've had."(1) In life, not everyone has the opportunities as others would get, so it's like that saying
"Don't judge a book by its cover."
Because if you are criticizing people just off looks, or what you think they might be or what they might have done, you might never know, and maybe you would be wrong. You never know what some people have been through, until that day you learn how to go up to them and stop judging and talk to them and find out who they really are. In humans we have the intensity to always judge someone, will it be looks, wealth, personality, how they talk, or what they do. No matter where you go it's in the human condition that someone or everyone will judge you, either it will be said to your face or in their mind. It’s human nature...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document