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"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar", or is it?

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In reading How to Read Literature Like a Professor what struck me was in chapter 2 pg. 7 the quote "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar".  This statement stopped me from reading and began thinking that this is so true, that people's interpretations are formed by their own beliefs, customs, culture and thoughts.  This causes things to be taken, or made more of then they really are.  Perception plays a huge role in this and can persuade anyone to lean one direction or another to interpret something they wish, or believe it to be.  Things may be more than what they seem to be, but who is to really say it is or isn't?  They could be simply what it is and no more, or it could be so much more.  We all in class may pick a line to respond to but it is interesting to see how many different responses or thoughts that may result from analyzing it.  We each will form our own opinions and believe them to be true and dear to our own heart, right, wrong, indifferent or the same.  We are our own judge in this area, and even if someone was to tell you that you are wrong, you will still believe it to be true because you have faith in your emotional or unemotional response to it.

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