Using Literary Present

Using Literary Present - following present tense forms...

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Using Literary Present When you discuss a literary or artistic text, set your essay in the present tense. Because literature and art always exist in our present experience, we treat them as continuous and timeless. When your children tell their children “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Goldilocks will still be trespassing, stealing food, and being chased off by the returning bears. So we write: When the three bears RETURN from their walk, they DISCOVER that a young girl IS SLEEPING in Baby Bear's bed, HAS EATEN his porridge, and HAS BEEN TRYING out their furniture. As the paragraph demonstrates, we can still show time relationships within present tense by using the
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Unformatted text preview: following present tense forms: SIMPLE PRESENT: indicates actions occurring at the precisely the time you are considering: “Goldilocks WANDERS upon the bears' cottage.” PRESENT PROGRESSIVE: indicates actions that are ongoing or continuous in the present: “Goldilocks IS SLEEPING when the bears return.” PRESENT PERFECT: indicates actions that began and ended in the past ( perfect means complete): “Goldilocks HAS EATEN the porridge.” PRESENT PERFECT PROGRESSIVE: indicates actions that began in the past and continue into the present: “Goldilocks HAS BEEN SLEEPING for a while when the bears return.”...
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