The Fiction Of Literature And Literature

1548 WordsOct 6, 20157 Pages
The nonfiction writer sits in a room, at a table, and claims he sees and relates the truth. Through the room’s door comes another. The writer assumes that other sees the same. Rather, that other sees the room’s light reflected differently upon the table’s surface and lines fading to different vanishing points. Despite this, the writer’s account of his sensations is printed and spread and known to his readers as nonfiction, thought to be of truth. Nonfiction, as illustrated, cannot legitimately hold to this claim and would less mislead readers by label of “representation”. By its label within literature, nonfiction creates a greater fantasy than fiction. Literature is seen to be separated. Nonfiction is an account of what lies outside the…show more content…
Fiction, however, is difficult to dispute. Where nonfiction may conflict with its proclaimed source material, fiction lays claim to only its creator’s mind. The book Tyrant, a fictional account of a general of Rome in the years following 333 BC., refers to things outside the mind in such descriptions as, “One thing Sakje town boasted out of all proportion to its size were goldsmiths” (Cameron). A criticism of this would lack relevance, despite relation to reality, because of the conditions set by its label of fiction, that the work is ultimately a concoction of the mind. This devoids the work of err in regards to truth. Might nonfiction’s only separating claim be of representation? Language, the hearth and baseline of literature, saturates all that exists to the human mind in representation. Another “objective” excerpt of The World Book on Pearl Harbor, “It covers 22, 000 acres on Oahu Island and lies west of downtown Honolulu,” can be more objectively explained, “One thing which man, by his system of measurements, measures as 22,000 acres on what, man by his system of languages and names, calls Oahu Island.” And also, Tyrant might do the same by, “One thing which man, by his system of languages and names, calls Sakje…” Words themselves are objects of representation. Beside language, motion, time, continuity, and other principles of being outside mind, including being itself, are represented both in nonfiction and fiction. “Poetry is finer and more
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