Essay about Literature Is Like Becoming A Mind Reader

1789 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Experiencing a piece of literature is like becoming a mind-reader. Books and other formats of literature offer readers a unique passage into the brain of the author, allowing them to see into the writer’s inner thoughts, feelings, fears, and hopes. Unfortunately, books are limited in length and unlike seeing the author’s complete raw thoughts, a lot is left up to the interpretation of the reader. The thoughts of the author displayed on paper are purposefully calculated and edited, leaving out major pieces of information, encouraging the reader to fill in the blanks by his or herself, and making the experience feel less like mind-reading, and more like a distinctive personal experience. The piece of literature becomes less about the author and more about the reader. Although the author of a work of literature creates a story and purposefully chooses words and literary techniques to convey an intended meaning, control is lost once the book is published. The power now lies with the reader to subjectively decide on the works importance and aggregate opinions to determine a general meaning. Classic pieces of literature such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, illustrate how the author’s intent is lost as the aggregated importance changes with time and age. In order to determine whether the author or the reader is more important in a work of literature, we first need to define importance. The definition for importance seems to loop around in circles yielding no…

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