C. S Lewis An Experiment In Criticism Analysis

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The rather long essay, “An Experiment in Criticism”, by C.S. Lewis offers a reverse type of traditional literary criticism that focuses on distinction of readers instead of the book itself. The way of approach to the literature classifies the different types of readers. It, then, embedded a vigorous declaration on how evaluative criticism can overpower and overwhelm the reader which results in the slaughter of an individual’s opinion on a literature. It is a wonderful book as it takes u the road of discovery of types of readers (includes self-discovering), the true meaning of a literature, and eventually the function of a criticism.

The major origin of the distinction of the different types of reader was the matter of “using” or “receiving”
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It was one which makes one feel a mixture of emotion that sooner or later adds up to sheer enjoyment. C.S Lewis built the backbone meticulously and the transition into his thesis was extremely smoothed, however, impossible to miss. An exquisite proposition was made by him resulting from the backbone. The identical belief extracted from the backbone of all enjoyable literature by the literary are worthy literatures is applied to criticisms. Criticisms shall not be closed to alternations after the making of it. It should be always open for question and alternations similarly to the judgement of a good book. The firm declaration of this essay is really the concept of not being imprisoned by the opinions of an evaluative criticism since the sole purpose of it is to guide “show others the work they claim they admire or despise as it really is; to describe, almost to define, its character, and then leave them to their own opinion”. He, repeatedly, discussed the poisoned system where responses from individuals are manipulated by the critics of whatever topic one is on. A wish to remove any practice of criticism is also proposed as the liberation from judgements of criticism does not dominate their …show more content…
However, even if the construction of the backbone to the thesis statement is firm and clever he still included a whole section, placed right before the formal introduction to the central statement, about “poetry” that does not seem to serve the conclusion of the essay very well. The contexts in the poetry section are largely based on his biased value of thinking of how poetry is too delicate for people to read them nowadays. His opinion right before the grand introduction of the central concept does not seem

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