Saturday, 17 November 2012


Image Attribution: Paul Watson
We all read for different purposes. Some of us read for fun, some of us read to learn, and some of us read just because we have to. To be honest, I think I fall into all three categories at times, but when we read it is also important to understand the text that is in front of our eyes. Question it, analyze it, read it over and over again, do whatever you need to truly understand what you are reading. Here is an example, quoting from a short story "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning":

"One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo's fashionable Harajuku neighborhood, I walk past the 100% perfect girl.""

Already from this sentence we can ask a few questions about the text and the way the author has constructed this introduction, such as:
  • Why April?
  • Why the Harajuku Neighborhood specifically?
  • What makes the girl 100% perfect?
  • What is the girl doing?
  • What is here appearance like?
Even from just the title of the story itself we can ask questions. You see, by doing this, we enhance our reading experience and take reading on step further. This way, we learn more from literature and even apply it in different situations. Some other questions in the text I looked at include:

"Was it really all right for one's dreams to come true so easily?"
  • Why is he questioning himself?
  • Is there a hint of superstition?
  • What is going through his head?
  • Is it part of human nature to not trust things at first sight?

"The ideas I came us with are never very practical."
  • Does he have confidence in himself?
  • Is he someone who has a lot of ideas but never carries them out?
  • Does he try?
I would just like to highlight on one of these questions (the one about his dreams). I feel that it is part of human nature to question things, and no to believe in things straight away unless you had acquired the absolute truth through proving theories. Just like in science, where something is called a "theory" until proving true to become a "law". Things can be deceptive, and that is why we always need some sort of affirmation before we believe in anything. What do you think? Is it human nature to question everything that we come across?

Go on and try it the next time you read, how do you think it impacts your reading?

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