Essay about The Writer 's Duty By William Faulkner

1026 Words Jan 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Every writer has some purpose, some accomplishment to achieve within their words. Writer’s duty insists that all writers share a common duty to accomplish some goal in their writing, whether it be chronicling the past or properly depicting human emotion. Indeed, those are two common ideas about writer’s duty, whether they are espoused by bloggers on The Huffington Post or respected and established authors and historians (who most likely inspired said bloggers). These ideas sound sensible and are commonly fulfilled by works that are established as critical and commercial successes in literature. William Faulkner himself, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, argued that the writer’s duty is to write of true human emotion, and in doing so the writer will preserve the spirit of mankind. I would argue this definition is misguided. The writer’s duty is simply to write. It is their duty to write what they want, not considering a purpose beyond that. Their duty is completed with their sentences, and no more. Outside concepts, senses of duty, and goals are beyond the base scope of a writer. In writing, the writer will perhaps stumble upon a powerful source of inspiration, ready to unleash his words upon the world. Some writers may hopelessly write vapid and uninteresting piece for the rest of their lives, certainly, but they are far outweighed by writers who find inspiration through the process itself. If a writer simply writes, and does not care to have a sense of duty in the back…

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