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Worthy Essence Essay

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When creating a text, authors choose what their text’s purpose will be. Every text has some value or significance that may be displayed blatantly or be hidden in between the lines. Some authors write with the sole purpose of instructing others. Other authors use sensationalism for the intention of entertaining their readers. There are also a number of texts that are written with a mix of both instructive and entertainment value. Regardless of the author’s intention to either inform their readers about a subject or merely try to amuse them, all text have some significance or instructive worth.
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Throughout the play, Beneatha explores her identity and heritage by doings things such as dressing and dancing in an African matter. Through the character the reader may intake some information on how some African-Americans may have dealt with the identification of their culture as opposed to assimilating into the “white” culture in the mid to late 1900’s (Shmoop).
In Walker’s Everyday Use, a different lesson is taught from A Raisin in the Sun through a character sharing a similar experience. The character Dee, or Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo, as she takes to call herself, takes her pride in her heritage to somewhat questionable levels. With all this pride in her roots, the reader can learn from the irony that Dee does not understand the quilts importance to her family history (White). Dee believes the best way to preserve their heritage to use the quilts as decoration. Mrs. Johnson, her mother, teaches her daughter, and the reader, a remarkable lesson. While using the quilts as decoration may preserve them, using the quilts daily keeps the family history alive (Whitsitt).
The meaning behind a text may vary from story to story and author to author. Just as the meanings may vary, so do the ways that they can be presented. A story like James Joyce’s Eveline has instructive value taught throughout the storytelling. With the use of literary elements, authors like Joyce create text with noteworthy ideas. In Eveline, the title character Eveline is put in a situation in which she must choose between a literal and figurative evil (Melzer). Through the text the reader learns of difficult choices that some may face. In Eveline’s case, she chose to stay with the literal evil, her father, instead of the figurative evil, her fear of the unknown future with Frank. The story Eveline demonstrates a situation in which an individual in an interesting psychological position must make a complex decision (Lyons).
Most authors, when creating their stories, come up with creative characters and a setting for the story to take place. There are some authors however, like Tim O’Brien who uses a mix of non-fiction and fiction to narrate excellent stories. In The Things They Carried, O’Brien tells a war story where the fighting...

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