Few things in our world emerge with ancient history. Few things are able to bring the past, present, and future into a single point of existence. Literature is one of them. Literature progressed side by side with the world we live in today. How then does it remain across time and history, culture and diversity, people and ideas? How is it that it has continued when other things have ceased?
The power literature has over our lives is inevitable, and its ability to make the world a better place, undeniable. However. what kind of power does it have? The answer can be found with those who depend upon it. After all, those who wish to evoke memories, kindle emotions, and unfold the significance of things rely on literature.
That effect, that philosophy, can be found across all forms of literature. Four of them will be examined here: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Skipping Shoes by Louisa May Alcott, "The Sadness of Clothes" by Emily Fragos, and Daniel's Story by Carol Matas. Although four different, but delightful, pieces of literature, each convey literature's power in evoking memories, kindling emotions, and unfolding the significance of things.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Skipping Shoes by Louisa May Alcott
"The Sadness of Clothes" by Emily Fragos
Daniel's Story by Carol Matas
We live in a world that can very easily become dark, stressful, and at times, seem hopeless. Thus, literature's ability to change our perspectives and make our world a little bit brighter becomes essential. Literature's magic becomes evident when it compels us to to think of our own experiences, dive into our emotions, and see the world more clearly than it was before we started reading. The Scorpio Races tells us how much we need passion, determination, and sacrifice, The Skipping Shoes teaches us the value of innocence and kindness, "The Sadness Of Clothes" reminds us to give grief room and allow ourselves to let it go, and Daniel's Story convinces us of the importance of love and happiness. Needless to say, inspiration can be found anywhere in literature. We just have to look, (or in this case, read!).