A Divine Revelation Perhaps?

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"There's no such thing as a wholly original work of literature." ( Foster 29)

I absolutely agree with this comment. People take other people's ideas, reuse the themes and change their story. In the next few chapters of the book, Foster had mentioned that most ideas and themes are from Shakespeare or the Bible. Again, I can totally agree with this comment. My question, however, is that if there is no original piece of literature, where did Shakespeare and the Bible get these ideas? Is there an some main base where all writings, new and old, started from? Like some divine revelation or they just fell from the sky? I mean with the Bible, sure maybe that idea works, but otherwise, not so much.



Jennifer Prex said:

I think the reason that there is no such thing as an original story nowadays is because so many stories have been written by this point in time that we have been exposed to that it is impossible to make something completely original. It is possible, however, to put these old ideas together in a new and original way.

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