Project #54567 - Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson On the Dangers of Reading Fiction
A great obstacle to good education is the inordinate passion prevalent for novels, and the time lost in that reading which should be instructively employed.テつWhen this poison infects the mind, it destroys its tone and revolts it against wholesome reading. テつReason and fact, plain and unadorned, are rejected.テつNothing can engage attention unless dressed in all the figments of fancy, and nothing so bedecked comes amiss.テつThe result is a bloated imagination, sickly judgment, and disgust towards all the real businesses of life.テつThis mass of trash, however, is not without some distinction; some few modeling their narratives, although fictitious, on the incidents of real life, have been able to make them interesting and useful vehicles of a sound morality. . . .For a like reason, too, much poetry should not be indulged.テつSome is useful for forming style and taste.テつPope, Dryden, Thompson, Shakespeare, and the French, Moliテδゥre, Racine, the Corneilles, may be read with pleasure and improvement.
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Questions from your text are reprinted below:
1.テつテつテつテつテつテつテつテつ Jefferson voices several common objections to fiction. What, according to him, are the changes associated with reading fiction? Are these concerns still expressed today? Why or why not? To what extent are Jeffersonテ「竄ャ邃「s arguments familiar to twentieth-century objections to watching television?
2.テつテつテつテつテつテつテつテつ Explain why you agree or disagree that works of fiction should serve as テ「竄ャナ砥seful vehicles of a sound morality.テ「竄ャツ
3.テつテつテつテつテつテつテつテつ How do you think Jefferson would regard Harlequin romances?

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Due By (Pacific Time) 01/23/2015 09:00 pm
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