What do they really mean?

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“ Every reader’s experience of every work is unique, largely because each person will emphasize various elements to differing degrees, those differences will cause certain features of the text to become more or less pronounced.” (foster Ch 12 Pg 103)

 

            This is something that everyone needs to understand before they start telling a person that they have interpreted a text wrong. It is imposable to interpret a text wrong. Most popular books are only popular because of their many meaning not because they have a strict answer or message. Just like a teacher can manipulate a books meaning to fit their needs so can an average reader create a meaning to fit their needs. There is a common belief about what a book means but not a right belief.

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Stephanie Wytovich said:

I liked your interpreation of the quote, because often people think that there is a right or wrong answer to how you look at something. It kinda goes back to that myth that the English teacher has a HUGE book of answers for every symbol, allegory, or interpreation of every story.

Angelica Guzzo said:

I agree that there can be multiple interpretations to a work of literature. There isn't always a "right answer."

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