Dr. N. Palani


The idea that understanding of literature modifies the reader gives the impression as old as literature itself. Through the ages philosophers, writers, and literary scholars have suggested it affects norms, empathic ability, self-concept, beliefs, and so on.  This article presents a spiritual explanation based upon the conception of literature as a moral paradigm. A series of experiments examines whether imagining oneself in the role of characters affects the beliefs about what it must be like to be someone else, and whether it affects the opinions about consequences of behavior. The result has consequences for the role of literature could play in the civilization. The reading of literature makes us better individuals and more moral. Reading literature may enhance the competence of our ethical replication. It is credible that reading literature involves psychosomatic processes that subsidizes to the adequacy of our ethical replication. This contribution consists of insight into individual character and moral self-knowledge. The general suggestion of the present undertaking is that reading literature may contribute humanity and morality among the humans. Bibliophiles place themselves mentally and spiritually in the position of fictional characters from literature. This makes them realise what it must be like to be in such a position. It also stimulates them to reflect on the consequences of characters’ conduct and to clarify which moral decisions they would make in a similar and theoretical and practical conditions.


Humanity, Morality, Consequences, Realise, and Stimulates

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