Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh considered the oldest literary work

Why do you think authors write literature?

Literature has been written for thousands of years, with the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh considered the oldest literary work (written somewhere around 2150 BCE). In this week’s discussion we are going to ask ourselves why people feel the urge to read and write literature (granted, there are probably more readers out there than writers). What is it about literature that we find so compelling? For this task, you will answer the following questions. Please make sure that your responses are thoughtful and clear. Each numbered response should be a total of 50 words or more

Why do you think authors write literature? Why is literature worth creating?
Why do you read literature? What do you hope to gain from your reading experiences?
What does literature help readers understand about themselves and the world around them?
From a cultural perspective, what is the value of literature? What does it add to our society?

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