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Ori Biala Kelly Adams Expository Writing I 12/3/07 Truth and Knowledge Imagination and ingenuity are essential in helping others understand and comprehend another’s writing. It can even help you understand another author’s point of view and their journey to seek truth and gain knowledge. What makes an author more successful in helping the reader, to “seek truth and gain knowledge”? I believe it is by showing both sides to an issue very well, giving a lot of background detail, and making the writing interesting so the reader pays better attention. The three authors I will be talking about do their best in trying to help the reader seek truth and gain knowledge. In Deborah Tannen’s, “The Roots of Debate in Education and the Hope of Dialogue”, she discusses the pros and cons of the argument culture as well as the passive culture, helping the reader to see why she believes the two should be intertwined into one sort of super culture. Beth Loffreda is an adviser to the university’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered student group in the University of Wyoming. In Beth Loffreda’s Selections from Losing matt Shepard, “Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder”, she discusses the brutal murder of Matt Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming in the year 1998, including a summary of the events before and after his death, and the views and opinions of people surrounding the issue. She also discusses why Matt was killed as well as why it became national news. In Tim O’Brien’s, “How to Tell a True War Story”, he discusses his own experiences in the war in Vietnam, including the death of his friend named Bob Kiley, who was went by the nickname Rat. Through these war experiences O’Brien teaches the reader why it is not important whether 1
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or not the war story is true, but if there is a deeper meaning behind it. As it states in the passage, “For him, the line between reality and fiction is always a fuzzy one, especially in accounts of war, where the experience outstrips the resources of language” (386). This helps prove and explain why O’Brien’s stories are fiction. It is because he believes the experience is so much more important. After reading O’Brien, Tannen, and Loffreda the reader can easily distinguish, the means by which the authors attempted to use their “imaginations or ingenuity to find different ways to seek truth and gain knowledge”, by showing both angles and using examples from today’s culture as well as from thousands of years ago, while Loffreda never tries to influence the reader and holds the readers attention with a detailed an informative essay about a tragedy, and O’Brien holds the reader’s attention by telling a war story, and making the work complex and confusing like a puzzle so the reader is motivated to solve it and figure it what he really means. Tannen was the best in helping me, the reader to “seek truth and gain knowledge”, because she put both sides of the issue side by side, while giving so much background
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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