The Art of Reading

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Andrea Samayoa

English Section 6

Melissa Qualls

October 14, 2012

What True Reading Is

“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others” this quote was said by the famous president Abraham Lincoln. Reading gives you access to a new world where you discover things you didn’t imagine and gives you knowledge of the history and present of the world. This access opens your eyes to enjoy learning new things through reading. Every person in a point of their life has enjoyed reading and maybe they didn’t even notice it. People may say how reading bores them out, but reading doesn’t necessarily have to come from a book. In the essay “The Art of Reading” Yutang brings up the guidelines of how reading can be enjoyed and absorbed through the true art of reading.

Reading helps develop your mind to open up to new adventures, people, ways of living, and sets you away from ignorance. In Yutang’s article he compares the life of “a man who does no reading” to the one who does (90). Yutangs argues how the man who does no reading is imprisoned in how own world with limited contact or conversations. He then states how the moment the person starts to read he “enters a different world”(90). The man who does no reading has no knowledge of what people have gone through in the world or the classic stories there are that have changed a person’s way of thinking. The person who reads gains access to different type of conversations and can argue their opinion towards a subject because they have the knowledge to do so. Everyone once in his or her life has enjoyed reading. Even the persons who say they don’t, they sure have gone through magazines, newspapers, or online stories that are still considered as reading. I’ve witnessed how reading can change a person’s perspective and how one book can change your life. A friend of mine always complained about reading. He was assigned to read a novel called “Catcher in the Rye” and from...
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