Hello! I'm an undergraduate university student majoring in English with interests in historical fiction, young adult, series, and all supernatural things.
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Making History: Do Current Top Hits Reflect Our Society?
When studying history, scholars refer back to artistic work done in the time period to learn more about said time’s societal behaviors, mannerisms and even etiquette. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde speaks loudly of Victorian society, Uncle Tom’s Cabin of American society, The Ulster Cycle of Irish history, and more which gives us insight of past eras.
Which therefore made me question what history would say of us. What does the million of viewers/readers for Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, etc, say about current American society, if it says anything at all? Would there be an inaccuracy if future historians were to base off their knowledge of our culture on our literature top hits? Or is history based on literature, in fact, entirely inaccurate?