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Unconscious Criticism - We all do it.

"...but we might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism."

A great analogy to start the course - criticism is as inevitable as breathing. We all do it, and most of us do it unconsciously. The more you think about it, we criticize everything, from literature, to the appearance of people, to music, etc. You name it, and humans inevitably form opinions towards it. As the author puts it, criticism is just putting what passes through our minds as we read a work onto paper. That's why all criticism is different, because we all react differently to pieces of literature. But along with this inevitable critique of the subject at hand, we must also critique ourselves for doing the critiquing. After evaluating something, we must evaluate ourselves for reaching that conclusion. I'm not sure if any of this makes sense, but then again, this is why we don't all agree with criticism of a certain thing - because we all have our different views and interpretations of it.

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I almost wrote something similar about that same quote, but I ended up picking different one later on in the essay, because my opinions for that one seemed stronger. I agree with what you're saying here, and that it is a great essay to start the course off with.

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