Fiction Writing (Coursework Sample)
Based on Thomas Jefferson On the Dangers of Reading Fiction, i ws supposed to do the following: from your text are reprinted below: 1. What, according to jefferson, are the changes associated with reading fiction? Are these concerns still expressed today? Why or why not? To what extent are Jeffersonâ€™s arguments familiar to twentieth-century objections to watching television? 2. Explain why you agree or disagree that works of fiction should serve as "useful vehicles of a sound morality." 3.How do you think Jefferson would regard Harlequin romances?source..
Date Jefferson voices several common objections to fiction. What, according to him, are the changes associated with reading fiction? Are these concerns still expressed today? Why or why not? To what extent is Jefferson’s argument familiar to twentieth-century objections to watching television?
According to Jefferson, reading fiction infects the mind and destroys the tone and enables people to avoid wholesome reading. Factual reasoning with plain and unadorned are out rightly rejected. Reading fictions also results into a bloated imagination, improper judgments and disgust towards the entire life of individuals in the society.
The concerns are hardly expressed nowadays. Fictions are still used and being used in schools to teach students how to write stories. Concurrently, the fictions are considered important in helping students develop their vocabulary. Also there is no difference be tween fictions and movies. Since movies are still being acted and being watched by people for leisure, reading fictions can also be a hobby that one can use as a leisure activity. In 20th century watching television was considered a waste of time. It was also argued that some television programs such as wrestling were unethical to be watched by children. The programs were viewed as affecting the mind of children negatively. This is the same view observed by Jefferson.
Explain why you agree or disagree that works of fiction should serve as useful vehicles of a sound morality.
I agree that fictional works should serve as useful vehicles for sound morality. Most fictions provide a subject matter that is a replica of what is happening in the real life situation. They are therefore forecasting and educative since what is in the fiction can be seen in reality. Fictions also have lessons that are derived from them. This makes them important in the society. Fictions are also important as fact obtained in learning history.
Fictions are imaginative, therefore allowing the readers to dream about events such as the conquering of Roman Empire give them tools to clearly understand the present like how it feels to be invaded by militia livi...
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