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The Study of Literature I finally know the study of literature. As an English major, a reader/ writer/ poet who has spent a fantastic deal of time reading the works of others and writing about them, I am reminded of something I've heard my dad, a teacher, state about the modern American attitude toward schooling. "nobody learns just to understand," he finds sadly, pointing out the way in which pupils often view particularly higher education as some sort of training ground for a livelihood. I understand exactly what he means. Every time someone asks me what I intend to do with a degree in English, I'm reminded of this curious student who interrupts a classroom lecture to ask in earnest "Is this going to be on the test?" Or the both deplorable "Can we need to know this?" The clear message in these queries is that no one wants to waste their precious time learning something which will not immediately benefit them in some way. The majority of students insist on expediency and efficiency in instruction. Our aim oriented society has resulted in a student that keeps necessary information in short term memory to regurgitate on an exam, pass the course, catch a degree, get a job, make money, prosper. Next. Occasionally, however, there comes the English important the contested, bookworm type, that mysteries his classmates by taking fiction while they bag science, mathematics, and company. They analyze this strange monster, fascinated by a person who displays such a blatant disregard for wealth and success. They poke this creature, wondering why he would live this manner, and what possible good could come out of poetry. And once in a while, the prodding and gawking gets to him. The English major is forced to.