Matthew Arnold said that literature is “at bottom, a criticism of life.” What does that mean in other words?

7 Answers

  • Courtney C
    1 month ago

    I think that Literature is often a mirror for what is going on in society and a vechicle to change that which we dont like.

    Many books today use thier pages to put forth social commentary. They reflect the issues of the time, including race, class, morals, etc.

    All these issues that make up and affect our life are explored, examined, reaffirmed, broken down, rejeted, accepted, and revised through global narrative discussions in liturature.

  • waqar
    6 days ago

    Arnold has used the phrase “at bottom” implying not a cursory glance but a detailed and in-depth understanding of life. And life is a blending of good and bad, fair and unfair and an author in order to show the real image should include everything he sees, seek and understands.

  • MS
    1 month ago

    It’s a guess….


    Could it mean that at best, literature is just the author’s critique on the way things work in life? It’s like the author’s take on things.

  • levizzle
    1 month ago

    literature basically criticizing/commenting on life

  • ?
    5 days ago

    That’s a good observation

  • Only the beginning
    1 month ago

    people on the low shelf want to get to ther top by dragging said person (People) at the top down

  • Anonymous
    5 days ago

    I wish to ask the same question as the previous person.

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