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Finding my hands black from paperback print ink my

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finding my hands black from paperback print ink, my back bent at odd angles and my eyes stinging from straining for hours to stay open and keep reading. Literature has changed my moods, my mind, my
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opinions, and my perspective, many times over, and I always look forward to the next time it happens with anticipation. Now I have discovered that writing about literature can be literature in and of itself, and I am anticipating writing about it in the future. Getting to the bottom of themes and sharing ideas about plots and stories has opened my eyes to a new way to appreciate both literature and writing about it. I might have mistakenly thought that reading was the best way to get everything out of literature, but I am not too far gone to realize the error, when I am presented with it. Tillie Olsen said in an interview in 1997: “Each person has an innate capacity to use language for communication, and this writing creates a consciousness that can change society.” I now know that it is more than just writing that creates this consciousness, it is discussing it, analyzing it, interpreting it and listening to other’s interpretations of it, which gives us the greatest benefit. As long as our hearts and minds are open to it, it can shape us into the best versions of ourselves, together.
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Works Cited Tillie Olsen Discusses I Stand Here Ironing. Films Media Group, 1998, fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=18566&xtid=9139. Accessed 30 May 2017.
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