The Power of Naming
Literature and the arts and humanities in general have always faced the question of significance. Today many people ask what is their value in an increasingly technology-based, math and science focused global world. Sam Sacks' article in the New Yorker provides one answer. While the value of the arts is too big of a topic to ever really be captured in one short article, there are an infinite amount of smaller points that can be highlighted effectively. Sacks analysis on the recent increase of nameless characters in literature demonstrates how literary trends can reveal much about the way people think about the world and give us a way in to question our own assumptions about how society and the world function.