ELT 105 – Reading and Writing Skills / Make-up Paper
26 March 2014
Approaching the Reading Process from Two Different Materials
The readers have many duties throughout the reading process such as getting the attribution of meaning with intentional/affective fallacies, realizing the interaction between the author, the reader him/herself, the characters and the narrator, considering the notions of intertextuality, literary realm vs. the outer world, direct and indirect addressing. In this essay, all these concepts will be used in order to examine and compare the two excerpts composed by different authors. While one of these passages is quoted from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the other one is quoted from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
At first, it is essential to mention the interactions between the author, the reader, the characters and the narrator in two excerpts. Although the authors (Salinger and Twain) are the owners of the texts, they are written by the narrators that are chosen by the authors. In other words, the authors create the occasions and situations but the narrators are the one’s telling the stories to the readers. The narrators may also be characters that are created by the authors in order to carry out the events in the text. To illustrate, Huckleberry Finn in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye are the main characters of the texts.
These two characters and excerpts have some similarities and differences between each other and when they are compared, it can be seen that Huck and Holden are the protagonists and narrators of their texts, therefore the passages are told by first person point of view in a direct way. The examples of this addressing method are observed in both passages. “YOU DON’T KNOW about me, without you have read a book by the name of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, but that ain’t no matter.” (Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn). “IF YOU...
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