There is a mutual relationship between the study of literature and arts education if previous observational studies are anything to go by.

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Why is the study of Literature an important part of our Liberal arts education
There is a mutual relationship between the study of literature and arts education if previous observational studies are anything to go by. The existence of this correlation makes the study of literature an important additive to the study of art education. This essay will argue out why the study of literature is an important part of our liberal art education using supportive evidence from four magical realism stories. It will highlight the differences that do exist between those who study art education in hand in hand with literature and evaluate any distinctive differences that do exist if any. This will help in the provision some shreds of evidence of why these two major courses in universities should not be separate entities but combined as one.
The study of art education improves creativity through an improved thought process. In Byrne Madeleine’s “The South” magical story, the main character by the name Dahlmann comes to a realization on how his life has been miserable and becomes ashamed of it when his head is shaved violently (Byrne 226). However, he dreamt of dying romantically like his father whom the audience is informed died while in the battle. The replacement of thoughts of fate with thoughts of fortune improves the perception in art. The perception that life is like a pendulum which can change from better to worse depending on the circumstance is a reality.
Creativity is important in the art industry. Improved levels of creativity can be triggered by the study of literature. Improved creativity is necessary for art education as this will go a long way to the production of a well-crafted work of art that can illuminate the society in the ill dealings that exist in the society. In Jorge Borges’ “The South” magical story, employs the wide range of the use of imagery that improves creativity. For instance, the darkening of the sky while in the hospital together with the loss of realism when he is injected with a needle symbolizes how life changes from better to worse (Borges 227). The needle injection and fading of memory symbolize the use of addictive drugs, especially in the music industry.
In Edgar Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”, the narrator of the story states that he had received a thousand injuries from Fortunato while he was young and he believes that this is the best time for him to revenge. From the text, the narrator tells says “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe 1). The article “the” is capitalized as a way informing us the magnitude of the injury inflicted on the narrator. The narrator decides to revenge and since Fortunato used to be a drunkard, he decides that the best time to revenge is when Fortunato is drinking wine. However, as much as the narrator claims that he had a thousand injuries, there is no narration of evidence to inform us how the narrator was inflicted such a number of injuries in the first place. The analysis of this magical story highlights an important part which is the importance of evidence in liberal art education. Evidence supports an argument and any claim to liberal art education needs to be supported by evidence. Without evidence to support such a claim, it cannot be treated any lesser than just a fallacy. Justification is important in liberal art education.
Poe as the author of the story uses the author to bring to the audience the theme of drug addiction which is a key topic in literal art education. It cannot go unmentioned that some of the best artist whose artistic work have died of drug addiction such as heroin and alcohol addiction. Fortunato is addicted to alcohol and this is why the narrator finds this as the best opportunity to carry out his revenge (Poe 3). Drug addiction is being a hot topic; the theme of drug addiction as discussed in the literature by different authors can help to change the mindset of many drug addicts who are affected physically, psychologically, spiritually and emotionally by the consumption of this drugs.
Art is depended greatly on the power of language skills more than sciences if the two can be compared together. The literature contains the richness in the use of language ranging from the use of vocabularies, phrases, local, dialect, idioms and other grammar-related and sentence structures which are important in the growth of art education. Good command of language and at are inseparable and any masterly in language can go a long way in improving the quality of art education. In Mario Llosa’s “Why to study literature” she argues that literature plays a key role in the transfer of culture from one generation to another by the use of different styles of language. In her work, she said, “In bookstores, at conferences or public readings by writers, and even in university departments dedicated to the humanities, the women clearly outnumber the men” (Llosa 31). By the fact that more women are reading compared to men, women are taking up more and more positions in art’s departments. This clearly shows the benefit of art education when an individual reads quite a number of literary work.
In Sandra Cisneros’ “Barbie Q”, she tries to examine the character of a woman which in her society is described as perfection. A woman is considered a perfectionist in Sandra’s society and but the author identifies a woman as a person with flaws too considering the fact that she can also pick a flawed Barbie doll. From the text, the author says, “We have to make do with your mean-eyed Barbie and my bubblehead Barbie and our one outfit apiece not including the sock dress” (Sandra 184). This shows how women can also be flawed in the kind of things that they do. The study of women’s behavior is an important part of the study of education. Knowing how to analyze misconceptions helps a lot in the study of the psychology in education. Understanding the psychology of human beings will help in improving the quality of art education.
To sum it up, the study of literature plays an important role in the development of education hence it is necessary to have them studied together so that art education can reap some of the concepts of humanity such as empathy, love and belonging which are key in the development of art education as a profession. It is a high time to merge these two courses together so that no further delays are made to students to benefit from the rich knowledge that exists in the literature.

Works Cited
Borges, Jorge. (2004) the South. A Magical Realism Story, 2004, pp. 217-231.
Llosa, Mario, Why Literature? The premature obituary of the book, 2001 pp.1-15
Poe, Edgar. The Cask of Amontillado. A Magical Realism Story, 1846, pp. 1-9
Sandra Cisneros. “Barbie-Q”. The Story and Its Writer. Compact 9th ed. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. 183-184.