The message is not the motive: why we write what we write

It began in high school and continued to puzzle me for a few more years, those non sequitur answers to a stock Eng Lit question: “Why did the author write this book?” These are examples of acceptable answers: “To show a peasant class being destroyed by industrialisation” “To criticise Victorian notions of sexuality” “To show that fate and a character flaw […]

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