Literature’s Hidden Messages

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Telling a secretHave you ever realized that literature is a form of communication? Fiction and non-fiction tell a story. Sometimes fiction influence the future, will in a way. Poetry tells a story or communicates the inner feelings of a poet. Often, the true communication within literature is the theme which dominates it. It can be the hidden message you learn only after an in depth reading of a text. It’s something worth thinking about.

Tell a story

All works of fiction and non-fiction tell a story. Of course, the difference is that non-fiction reports an account of actual events or personal insight on certain issues. Fiction, which takes many forms, tells a story that is imagined. Fiction can also explore personal insights, although the insight is revealed in an indirect way.

Change the world

Fiction within the 21st century has represented many possible worlds. This is because a story can represent a person’s or group’s desire for a change within society. Sometimes, you may feel you have something to say that’s important to you; a work of fiction could be the manner in which you reveal your message. An example would be the number of American films in which the president was portrayed as African-American. This was the case in literature for years before Barack Obama was elected as the president of the United States. So, the creators in fiction were representing worlds which they or others wanted as reality.

It bares the soul – or does it do more?

Most people think of poetry as a mode of expression. Almost every example of amateur poetry speaks about the emotions around various subjects. But poetry tells stories, too. Don’t forget the legends of ancient cultures, like Beowulf and Homer’s Iliad, which were recorded as poems, or more properly, epic poems. So, sometimes you may find yourself wanting to write poetry, but you may also find yourself wanting to tell a story. Nothing’s stopping you. Go for it!

The true message

The theme within fiction and poetry is in itself a message. It can represent the ultimate message the writer is trying to communicate. In the case of fiction, this is usually the moral of the story and it’s presented in the course of the story’s development. There’s always a reason why you want to tell a particular story. You have to think about why it is you want to tell it, and then weave that into the theme.

It has more power than you realize

All literature tells a story, and writers of non-fiction would be aware of this. But aspiring poets need to realize that they, too, can tell a story. It’s not just the story on the page that is important, but also the unspoken, implied message within the story.
Written by David Hendricks

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