You will prepare and submit a term paper on Reading Books. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. For other people, it can provide different things – joy, sorrow, laughter, an escape, a justification, or simply a friend. But literate arts will not always provide these things. In some cases, the art is just bad, a book can be poorly written. But even when a book is very good, this does not mean that the book will necessarily be important to the person reading it. It takes a certain kind of person and a certain kind of reading to make a message get across, to make literature do any of the things it can do. But what can literature do? Probably the best thing it can do is show new experiences, and give people a window to the world outside of their life. But this is only true when the reader is ready to get those new experiences and is reading for the purpose of letting their mind be expanded, otherwise, it is a waste. The essay “The Dark Night of the Soul, The Banking Concept of Education” and “The Achievement of Desire” all demonstrate that the benefit of literary art, the passing on of different experiences, can only be had by readers who are ready to accept it, while the essay “Joyas Voladoras” shows how strong literature can be at giving other experiences.
The essay “Joyas Voladoras” by Brian Doyle gives a very very good example of how literature is good at giving experiences that one would not otherwise be able to have. To provide a starting point for giving the reader new experiences, Doyle uses something every animal has as the basis for his essay: the heart. He says that “mammals and birds have hearts with four chambers. Reptiles and turtles have hearts with three chambers. Fish have hearts with two chambers, and insects like molluscs have hearts with one chamber” (Doyle, 274) so that the person who is the reader of it can begin to put themselves in line with the other animals he is discussing. It reminds the reader that they have a heart, just like a bug has a heart and a bird has a heart. .