Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015

Dr. B. K. Anjana*

Associate Professor

School of Studies in English

Vikram University, Ujjain (M.P)


Dr. R. L. Bhambhra**

Associate Professor

Dept. of English

Govt. Madhav Science College,

Dewas Road, Ujjain (M.P)


            This paper attempts to analyze and discuss the implication of the statement ‘Literature is the mirror of society’ which we use and come across frequently. When analyzed deftly we find the statement is not as simple as it appears on the face value and even if it is taken in a metaphorical sense, in which it is used, cannot escape the issues and questions that it entails. There are many questions that need to be answered ― Does literature reflect society as it is? Does it have no power of imagination? Does it play no role in the formulation of the guiding principles of the society? How does it differ from history, sociology, political science? What is the relationship between literature and society? An attempt is made here to discuss the pros and cons of the statement. Shakespeare in Hamlet holds the view that the purpose of literature is “to hold the mirror upto nature”. Here the word nature indicates the broad spectrum of human nature.

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Is Literature the Mirror of Society?