Language is common to all people. By its nature, it is something that links us all together, yet our use of language is a major factor in defining us all as individuals. For something that comes so naturally to all of us, language can hold great power and influence. Even this personal statement is a perfect example of how language can be constructed in order to influence the opinion of others. My decision to study English Language is based on my desire to further my understanding of the language that I and the people around me use and encounter on a daily basis, and through this, understand our society a little better. The study of Linguistics will complement this, giving me the chance to apply precise analysis to language data. As something I have never directly studied before, I see this area as a new way for me to look at language, with a more precise and scientific approach. I have been interested in learning about the structure of the English language, how it is used, and about different texts and novels in the literary world since I began to study it in year seven. In secondary school, we focused to plays such as Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Reading these increased my interest in books and learning, and I began to branch out further, reading other books and plays that were recommended by teachers and friends. I once aspired to be a visual artist, a photographer or painter. However, I later discovered the unique ability of poetry and the written word to maintain its power and resonance in a world saturated with images and messages. The study of literature allows us to engage deeply with novels, plays and poems. Terry Eagelton states in his Theory of Literature that Literature is considered Literature because some value is attached to it by society. I wish to understand what it is we value and why, make sense of the...
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