emotional truth

emotional truth - Jason Mull 11-08-08 Prompt #8 Emotional...

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Jason Mull 11-08-08 Prompt #8 “Emotional Truth” It is nearly impossible for authors to detach themselves from personal experience. Thus, despite whether it is fiction or memoir, shades of human experience are bound to seep in. For example, in The Opposite of Fate, author Amy Tan is accused of writing “memoirs disguised as fiction,” but strives to distinguish between “writing autobiographically” and drawing from “emotional truth” (108-109). For authors, the poignancy of both their fiction and nonfiction is dependent on adherence to said “emotional truth.” Such a contrast is apparent in Nahid Rachlin’s short story, “Search” , and her memoir, Persian Girls. Just as her fictional story “Search” is enhanced and influenced by personal experience, her memoir Persian Girls is no doubt influenced by shades of speculation and innocent lies which, while not adherent to strict truth, are forged in some sense of “emotional truth” which act to make the story more fluid, and perhaps, more honest and reflective of the emotional experience, in a way that adherence to faulty human memory, perhaps, could not. It is also clear that similarities of general human experience can be found between her short story and her memoir; proof that an author’s personal experience can in no way be separated from their written word. It is unnatural to write far beyond
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2010 for the course FREN 2031 taught by Professor Davis,miles during the Spring '10 term at USC.

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