Reflection Of Melusina Fay Peirce

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Marian Evans Lewes responds to the admiring letter of aspiring author, Melusina Fay Peirce through an admonishing tone as she discusses the development of an author and its adversity as Lewes recognizes her own role as an influence on Peirce and feels an obligation to exemplify the tribulations of writing. Lewes portrays how the development of a writer augments their decay of enthusiasm in an attempt to dissuade a hopeful writer from expecting complete exultation as she fluctuates the anticipation of the reader while introducing an emotional appeal. Marian Evans Lewes relates to aspiring writers by subtly elucidating her own anticipation in order to draw attention to the common misconceptions young people possess about writing. Lewes quickly states how “exultation is a dream before achievement and rarely comes after” (Lewes 8-9). By creating a short and concise sentence, Lewes quickly informs the reader of how in one’s youth, triumph and elation are expected results of one’s work. Yet the reality is that these are attributes that scarcely accompany one’s achievement. Lewes immediately juxtaposes her previously succinct point what that of a lengthy conclusion she has developed. She determines how after one has completed a piece of writing they feel as though their bodies became the system in which writing “develop[s] and grow[s] by some force of which one’s own life has only served as a vehicle and that what is left of oneself is only a poor husk” (11-13). Lewes contrast in
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