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AP Literature & Composition   Tags: analysis, composition, literature  

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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LITGuides: Contemporary Literary Analysis by Students for Students
by Lora Cowell, Sheila Parker - Last Updated Oct 2, 2014
Book guides created by the students of AP English Literature and Composition at HUHS.
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Existentialism WebQuest
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Explore various aspects of the existentialist philosophy and the men that are responsible for those thoughts.
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VERSES: The Project Support Guide
by Lora Cowell, Sheila Parker - Last Updated Feb 18, 2014
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Reading Index

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wilde by Junot Diaz

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Hamlet by Wm Shakespeare

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


Why Literature Still Matters?

In a world in which we are surrounded by multiple sources of media, it is easy to overlook the importance of literature.  The 21st century student spends more time reading facebook and twitter feeds than he or she does actually reading a book. Teens would rather watch a movie of book, rather than open a book and delve into the words of the author.  We trust screenwriters and directors to give us a faithful version of literature, but they rarely do. If there isn't a film available, then the 21st century student hops on the internet and finds a summary of book, rather than read the book.  Relying on everything but the books, makes our students great consumers of information and media, but it does not help students develop critical thinking skills.

The great literature provides us with some colorful characters, from MacBeth to Jay Gatsby.  Each of these characters have great stories that stay with us.  If it was just a matter of meeting wonderful, developed characters and learning their stories, then film would be a fabulous medium, and there would not be a need for books.  Literature is much more than remarkable characters.  It is the nuances of words, the incitement of theories, and ephipahny of thought.  Literature is the breathtaking first line of a novel that bores into your soul.  It is the beautiful imagery that can only be conveyed by a skilled wordsmith. 

Literature requires you to make connections to experiences and the world around you.  It requires you to think and postulate.  It is a mirror of the world, of humans, and of our behavior.  Ultimately, literature is synonymous with provocative thought.  And, after all isn't that what it means to be human?

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