This week in Ap lit I gained a better understanding of literature. Up until this week in my learning experience I thought a story and literature were the same thing. I thought people just used the terms interchangeably unaware of their differences. This week my eyes were opened to the fact that the two words mean very different things. A story is more focused on the plot. However, Literature tells you the plot as well as the feelings and emotions of the characters, and the background of the character. One thing that really stands out in literature is perspective. Perspective plays a key opponent in literature because the perspective limits or extends how much the reader can know. For example in my SSR book Ordinary Love and Good Will by Jane Smith the novel is in a first person perspective. The only character you get in depth detail of where they have been and how they feel is the father. Since the book is told from the father's perspective, the only thing the reader is able to identify about his kid Tom is whatever the father says about him.
One thing that really helped me understand the difference between literature and a story was the comparison using a movie and a book. Movies are not often literature because it is hard to show a person's thoughts and feelings and background in a film due to the limited amount of time available. I think knowing the difference between literature and a story will help me better understand this class the rest of the trimester.