PLACEHOLDER – Relationship between literature and History

History intends to record events as accurately as possible, while literature interprets historical events in imaginative ways that relate to a multitude of cultural influences. We see literature acting as a time capsule, but literature has also had a major impact on the development of society. It demonstrates a stamp in time while influencing the future by being accessible to the masses. While the influence history has on literature is easily identifiable, the historical effects prompted by the written word are intricately and inconspicuously woven into our culture. Literature can perpetuate history, reflect the evolution of society, and/or serve as a disruptive force that reflects these fictions about the world we live in. Moreover, historical literature can reveal to us new possibilities for a better future. This research will show that without the other, they would both cease to exist because history plays a fundamental role in shaping literature, and literature allows us to understand historical political, cultural, and philosophical movements. Compositions act as a mirror to human experience, recognizing the imperfections of the past while simultaneously warning its audience of the flawed previous system. Thus, my research examines the deeply seeded, symbiotic relationship that exists between literature and history.