Literature: The Art of Persuation & Intlectual Expression

The Written Word

Literature is the written word. Moreover, it is the voice of the voiceless that exists as a non-verbal entity. Writing consists of many fashions: informal, formal, creative and direct,  entertaining and media, and beyond. The humanities that are literature encompasses mass amounts of internal values that which cannot be expressed otherwise. Any which way you choose to express yourself, literacy is the escape for the ambitious mind. Literature is far more than something of less value within the real world. Within the world of literature, published novels' pages filled with imagination come to life, works of poetry comprised of imagery and metaphors solicits poetic adornment to the minds of its readers; many written works offer more than they are credited for. 


There is a line from the director, Martin McDonagh’s film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri in which Dixon, a cop, speaks to Anger, a mother and acquaintance to Dixon, refers to his time studying English in school. Dixon claims that ‘you need English if you wanna be a cop...If you wanna be anything, really’. What is unique about Dixon’s idea is not that it speaks the truth, but idealistically, his point is valid.

Moreover, McDonough having written this script is the real persuasive artist, if we think about it. What can we do with our English? The answer: very little or nothing at all. No matter your profession, in some form or another, we use English composition (literature) in our daily lives. We are crafting our ideas and knowledge together to perfect creative avenues; thus, we express these ideas in more compound ways such as portfolios, business moguls, presentations, and so on. In ways, we create literature without even realizing it. 


What is it you think of when you hear the word, literature? Do you think of things that revolve around published written works? Often, we imply that books, poetry, and anything that stems from creative writing as literature. For the most part, you are not wrong with suggesting such. When the term ‘literature’ comes up, we may even apply that to the category of liberal arts (English) as something of minimal value. I recall my time in college, studying English, was funny to comprehend for some people who sought degrees in the sciences and business. Studying English, within the humanities and social sciences fields, was something others did not understand fully. 

English was so much more than the ability to comprehend literature and literature was so much more than books for reading. See, writing develops a way of critical thinking; it is language and its progression through time, it is everything we deem to be nothing. It is the art of persuasion. When you pick up a magazine, you may find the pictures of famous figures to be intriguing, but if you take a look at the words on the page, you find yourself understanding something far different. If you glance at a newspaper on a stand with the latest news, you will look into it and find that the story told is convincing and intriguing all at once. 

You are moved with emotions because what you have just read has curated a non-verbal perspective of things. In other words, the written has touched you in some way or another. Literature is everything.