Uzzell on the purpose of fiction

by on 23/09/10 at 7:00 am

The purpose of fiction is to affect rather than to convince the reader. Its object is to reach him through his senses rather than through his mind. The purpose of argumentation is to convince; the purpose of description is to present a picture; the purpose of exposition is to impart knowledge, ideas, facts: but the characteristic purpose of narrative in the fictional sense in which we are taking it here is to make the reader feel.–Thomas H. Uzzell, Narrative Technique: A Practical Course in Literary Psychology

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