Every human being must face the questions of identity and destiny. Who are we, and what is the meaning in our life? Why are we here? Is there a purpose to our lives? These are all questions that come from humankind’s search for meaning in life. These themes are explored in a variety of literary genres, including poetry, novels, short stories/speeches, and film, ranging from classical literature to modern forms of poetry such as spoken word. Literary devices are examined, and learners are invited to explore the existence of bias, determine its effect, and contrast this with a more objective presentation of opinion. The personal voice is explored through the narrative genres of biography and memoir, including the creation of the learner’s own personal narrative.