Literature is one of the most popular genres of books imaginable. Many great authors such as Harper Lee, George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, J. R. R. Tolkien, and more have written amazing stories that not only changed people’s perspectives, but also the way future books were written.
One thing that many literary books have in common is their longevity. George Orwell “1984” is a timeless book initially published in 1949. To this day, high schools and colleges still use the book within their curriculums for their own purposes.
Literature books can consist of stories including poetry, civilizations/civil wars, political viewpoints, and personal viewpoints.
While it is okay to take someone else’s word for face value and then form your own opinion… just not in literature. When you are going to respond to another literature essay, you should read the literature first to gather your own opinions. What you may perceive as great can be a negative perspective to another person.
Once you have come to your own conclusion about the literary book, compare your thoughts to the writer you are reviewing. While you are making your comparison (whether you agree or disagree) always remember to be respectful. The purpose of literature is not to figure out who is right and who is wrong, it is for you (the reader) to form your own opinion.
It is vital that throughout your response essay you are clear, concise, and organized. Your standpoint should explain what you personally think, and exactly why you agree/disagree with the other writer. While you do not want to commit mosaic plagiarism, do the best that you can in making your case. If you two can physically sit next to each other and discuss your viewpoints, it should read like a list.
At the end of the day, literary responses are not wrong or right. That is one of the main problems that come with responding to a literary essay. The purpose of responding to another person’s perspective is to show how many different ways the author’s work can be interpreted. It is quite rare for everyone to completely agree or disagree with an author. The main job of the author is to simply express what is on their mind (unrestricted).