Ways of Reading and Jane Tompkins Essay

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Ways of Reading and Jane Tompkins In the book, Ways of Reading, the authors Bartholomae and Petrosky outline what they describe as a "strong reader". They characterize the attributes that collectively contribute to this title and then talk about the relations between a strong reader and a strong writer. The perspectives that Bartholomae and Petrosky discuss on ideas and textual analysis are very interesting and in point of fact remind me of the thought process of which I use when analyzing a reading. " Strong readers often read critically, weighing, for example, an author claims and interpretations against evidence-evidence provided by the author in the text, evidence drawn from other sources, or the evidence that is assumed to…show more content…
Her essay quickly turns into an analysis of the bias facts issued by authors and it's effect on the final product. By the time Tompkins's has to conclude her essay, the essay has progressed into something that has nothing to do with Native American's relations; instead the initial subject has become a catalyst for her conclusion. " I didn't know what the facts were. All I had, or could have, was a series of different perspectives, and so nothing that would count as an authoritative source on which moral judgments could be based. But, as I have just show, I did judge, and that is because, as I now think, I did have some facts."(p.686) As shown in the passage above, the argument that Tompkins's is having with herself is generalized. The story behind this quote could be anything, Tompkins has utilized a story about "Indians" as it helped her structure her argument a little more efficiently. Also, reading the passage above, we see that Jane Tompkins has contradicted herself, this is another technique she uses to exemplify her idea, and she will clarify this contradiction later in the conclusion. " The awareness of the interests motivating each version cast suspicion over everything, in retrospect, and I ended by claiming that there was nothing I could know. This, I now see, was never really the case. But how did it happen…Why did I conclude that none of the accounts was accurate because they were all produced from some particular angle of vision?" (p.687)
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