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. Sandeep Ojha,

Assistant Professor and Head,

Department of English,

P.M.B. Gujarati Arts and Law College, Indore


            It is commonly believed that literature is a mirror of society. This research paper examines the extent of truth in this belief.

Literary writers are not expert sociologists and their perception and portrayal of society is influenced by their circumstance and mindset, e.g., court poets have glorified their royal patrons and many writers have conveniently given up their objectivity to earn fame, money and prizes.

All works of literature do not deal with social issues. They are simply artistic masterpieces intended to delight and mesmerize the reader with their artistic genius. Simultaneously, it is hard to find a work of literature that mirrors society in all its totality both because of the magnitude of society and the writer’s constraint of choosing only a limited number of characters, situations and issues relevant to the theme of a work.

Some works of literature serve as literary evidences of their age such as epic poems like the Ramayan and the Mahabharata but their authenticity is doubtful because of their epic dimension. The veracity of their content is yet to be established on historical and It is commonly believed that literature is a mirror of society. The purpose of this research paper is to examine this belief to ascertain how far it is true.

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Literature: The Partial and Blurred Mirror of Society