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EN 501 Week 2

September 9th, 2018 · No Comments · EN501, Uncategorized

Whenever wanting to learn more about one’s life, the best and most reliable source is to study sources that have come directly from the subject such as interviews or articles they have been in, memoirs they have written, autobiographies they have written, etc. In Chapter 3, of “Research Methods for English Studies” by Gabriele Griffin, he raises the question of how one can be so sure that what is in an autobiography is a true fact?

How I myself would respond to this concern would be to comment on one of his arguments that whether what is written is a factor, not a fact, the writer intended to write so that it turns out the way of which the writer desired the piece to be. To better clarify this note, earlier this week in my history course, we had a debate about memoirs and if they are completely one hundred percent true. What made us debate that memoirs might not be true is because when memoirs are written, the writer is writing about memories from years ago, so the writer might not necessarily transcribe the memory the in total and complete truth, there is a big chance that there might be alterations or issues with the memory that affect how that memoir is written. It is not possible for a writer to remeber the exact details from something that has occured fifty years ago, so there is bound to be some changes. This led us to the conclusion of the debate being that despite memiors and autbiographies holding important facts and truth, it still holds some alterations. Whether the alterations are minimal or grand, they still affect the truth behind the memory.

This conclusion later raised concern towards memiors making us question historical events. For instance, when a Holocaust survivor writes a memior about the time period and the concentration caps and everything, since the writer wrote it form memory, does that make the entire story true? We already achknowledge that the Holocaust did happen so there already is a fact, but we question whether all the stories are true, we believe the brutalities and everything, but during the debate, we questioned whether the scenes described in memiors were in fact one hundred percent true, and if they werent does that then change how to view history and if we infact believe that everything written about history is one hundred person truthful.

My answer is that if there are facts with the argument that there is some truth, but of course there are always alterations and revisions. With autobiographies, I do believe that it holds a lot of truth, however, because autobiographies usually get revised, these revisions are what raise questions. Usually, these revisons are what help the writer better explain how they want to be perceived. Whether it is truthful or not, because the source is directly coming fom the subject, thn we must believe it despite it possibly being a lie. Believing sources form the subject is more reliable than believing sources about the subject.


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