Literature or not?

“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” by Arthur Conan Doyle was an interesting read for me and I think that stories like this should be more prevalent in the curriculums around the country. I believe it is not usually on the literature reading list in high school, let alone in college. I believe the literature that we are used to reading as we are now freshman in college is a lot heavier and dense than Doyle’s short story. However, this does not mean that the story is not as good of literature or that it shouldn’t be on the reading list for high school and college students. It provokes a different set of mind from the reader, a set of mind that cannot be obtained by reading other pieces of literature. It also presents a sort of “brain break” from the dense reading, again, not in a bad way, but it allows a person to, in a way, explore the different aspects of the story and other short stories. This in turn allows the reader to analyze the story differently than how one might analyze a story like “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I think it is important to incorporate into school systems because it encourages students to continually think differently and analyze literature in different ways. However, I think in this day and age, we are finding it continuously rare to find stories like this in the curriculum of both high schools and colleges. I believe this is true because we are becoming a culture more focused on analyzing literature on a factual basis, instead of a short story, fictional way. Doyle makes his readers actively think about what is happening in the story and also continually be thinking about how Sherlock Holmes is solving the particular crime in the story. This is good for students because instead of analyzing facts and processing them, they are using their imaginations to figure out who the culprit is. The fact that these stories seem to be becoming less and less popular in curriculums around the country has nothing to do with the fact that Doyle’s stories are not true literature, but I believe it is because teachers and administrators are focusing more on the factual and denser readings. Short stories like Doyle’s are becoming less and less appreciated than they were say ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. The set of mind and the thoughts that are provoked by these stories have been labeled as less important that understanding other pieces of literature that might be more factual or applicable in life. Thus, unfortunately, we are seeing less and less short stories like Doyle’s in curriculums around the country.


One thought on “Literature or not?

  1. I really enjoyed reading your analysis in this post. I liked how you organized your points to make it easy for the reader to follow your sentences. However, I suggest for you to break your post into paragraphs in order to strengthen your deliverance. Overall, I thought this was a very nice reflection!


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