We’ve read some very interesting, thoughtful, adventurous novels/ texts throughout the semester that have been truly eye opening to me not only as a writer and a literary analyst, but also as an aware human on this hectic earth. All of the texts give us a lot of insight into South African, Mexican, and Egyptian societies and the issues that take place everyday all around the world. Utopia gave us a valuable lesson about the wealthy vs. the poor and the mishaps that can occur when both sides get triggered and experience a power struggle. Signs Preceding the End of the World opened our eyes to the true struggle and adversities people face when crossing the Mexican/ U.S. border into the United States. Tram 83 creates an exaggeration of the true corruption and carelessness of the government. Baho! shows us what can happen when too much power falls in the wrong hands and when silence is a good thing or a poisonous stalemate.
All of these novels creatively provide us with truths about the world we live in, the world we struggle in. Reading texts written by authors from these worldly different societies and cultures makes these terrible stories we hear in the news palpable. Even if the novels are fiction or science fiction, truth is what underlies each and every one of them. In today’s selfish society it is important to stay aware of worldly issues so we can be knowledgeable of them and recognize them in our own society.
“Awareness is the enemy of sanity, for once you hear the screaming, it never stops” (Emilie Autumn). This may be quite true however, we live in a world of insanity and being ignorant to the issues going on around us will not serve us well. The world doesn’t stop for anybody.
“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you” (Leo Tolstoy).
All in all, this course has taught me that analysis of literature leads to truth and awareness of subjects that I am not normally exposed to and to recognize similar issues in our own society.
Stay aware; History repeats itself.
“The past presages the future” (Baho!, 1).
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