Author’s Position

In order to be an effective reader, one must pay attention to the author’s position and purpose. Even those texts that seem objective and impartial, like textbooks, have some sort of position and bias. Readers need to take these positions into account when considering the author’s message. When an author uses emotional language or clearly favors one side of an argument, his position is clear. However, the author’s position may be evident not only in what he writes, but in what he doesn’t write. For this reason, it is sometimes necessary to review some other texts on the same topic in order to develop a view of the author’s position. If this is not possible, then it may be useful to acquire a little background personal information about the author. When the only source of information is the text, however, the reader should look for language and argumentation that seems to indicate a particular stance on the subject.


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Last updated: 12/15/2017
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