Reading-Is It Important?

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Soriano, Rachel
English 091
July 19 2011
Reading-Is It Important?

Reading can be such a broad topic in America today. How important is it, why do we read, the questions are endless but to what extent is reading really important? There are so many issues going on around the globe such as illegal immigration, abortion and the new health care reform. Reading is no where near as important as those topics, those issues can change one's life forever and reading is just something we do without even noticing. It comes natural to a human being in the 21st century. In Rick Moody's piece “The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading” he is arguing that there is no right or wrong way to read. I agree with Moody's opinion that there is no right or wrong way to read something because we all are created differently with different minds which means we all interpret things in a different way.

Moody has one argument in his piece which is-there is no right or wrong way to read something. He states “There are those critics, of course, who insist that there are right ways and wrong ways to read every book. No doubt they arrived at those beliefs through their own adventures in the stacks” (pg. 4). This is key point in Moody's argument because he isn't in denial that there are those people that believe there is one right way to read something but he knows that that's their opinion and even though he doesn't agree with them, he isn't negative about their point of view nor does he bash them, to each's own. For my second key point Moody states “I believe in reading up on what others have to say about this difficult book , and then making up my own mind” (pg. 3). He doesn't believe everything he hears about a book which is something I really respect from him, it's so easy to form an opinion on something or someone just based on what others have to say. He listens to what they say and then figures it out for himself later forming his own opinion.

After reading Moody's argument I...
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