Relating Fiction to Real Life

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Relating Fiction to Real Life "We read fiction not to gain new information so much as to experience the ideas and feelings a story inspires within us," and as such fictional characters can be related to real life (Kurland 1). Fiction is not real; yet, it is clear that much of fiction is inspired by or inspires those within the real world experience. In many ways, thus, fiction does reflect reality. This can be seen in Herman Melville's short story "Bartelby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street," Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and finally Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. These three stories all highlight fictional characters that reflect real world experiences of their readers. In Melville's "Bartelby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street," there are three very relatable characters. Each one of the characters represents different types of people. Nippers is a morning person, who works best in the morning. Many people would relate to this. Melville writes, "in the morning, one might say, his face was of a fine florid hue," (Melville 1). Then, there is Turkey, who I have more personal relation in the fact that the character is not a morning person, and works better later in the afternoon. The presence of these twp characters provides the two different spectrums of the situation. Thus, Melville provides both a morning and night person for his readers to relate to. On a more serious note, Bartelby can be related to some beliefs that are being
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