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Paris, ''The Uses of Psychology'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

It is my impression that if we come to novels expecting moral wisdom and coherent teleological structures we are usually going to be disappointed (Keesey 219).
I get it that mimetics want truth and thats what they are going to get. But in those truths couldn't/wouldn't you be able to get moral wisdom. I mean if you can get a reflection out of a work, then couldn't you see the wisodm it has in it. I guess the argument to that would be that the characters are not acting on free will/impulse, they are directed to act a certain way. Thus there is no real wisdom, only a desired response to these made up situations. Ok, if thats so, then where is the truth. How then is this a reflection on reality? Isn't it all made up. Sure there are splashes here and there that are based on 'reality', but overall isn't the novel fiction. Moral wisdom may/may not be found in novels, but then how then does truth exist.

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