Questions On Reading And Writing

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Anonymous I used to loathe reading and writing. I still do. There is however, a difference between my feelings regarding reading and writing in my past compared to my feelings now. I didn’t know who I was or what my thoughts were on many subjects. I also had trouble connecting with the stories I was reading. The main turning point in my attitude towards reading was in my ninth grade English class. My teacher, Mrs. Schultz, taught me, or maybe I finally decided to listen, and I found a deeper meaning and moral compass in the book we read. From then on, I looked at literature in a different light. Every night I would sit cross-legged on my bed and read from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. I wondered why the education hierarchy…show more content…
Fast forward a few years to eleventh grade English. My teacher, Mr. Demonja, instructed our class to read a few books, two of which were The Scarlet Letter and The Grapes of Wrath. We started with The Scarlet Letter. Honestly, when we first started I wasn’t too captivated, but once we got into the book, my thoughts changed. I ended up being quite intrigued and engulfed in The Scarlet Letter because it really captured the feelings of some things I went through earlier in my life. I felt the characters’ pain and I felt their peace. These feelings made me uneasy. I took note of the way it made me feel and kept it in the back of my mind, not really sure what it meant. I got a similar impression because of the next book we read in that class which was The Grapes of Wrath. I started out not impressed by it, only reading it because it was an assignment. Then as we continued our discussions in class I couldn’t help but root for the Joads. I recall resenting the novel the whole time I was reading it, but continuing on merely because I couldn’t wait for the ending. I thought there would be some grand ending where everyone was “paid back” by God for going through all of their nasty situations. No. There wasn’t one of those. I hated that book. I learned a lot from it, but hated it. I realized through these books that my problem was that I hated feeling anything that was intense in a bad way. I
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