The Author, The History, And The Story Essay

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The author, the History, and the Story
The author’s personal experiences and the history of the worlds past are used as a literary masterpiece: from Khaled Hoessini’s The Kite Runner that tells of the last days of the Afghan monarchy in the 1970s to the post-Taliban near present or Markus Zuask’s exploration of the Holocaust in The Book Thief to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird that tells a story by depicting life-altering events throughout his childhood. History is the study of change overtime and historical fiction brings the history alive through characterization, themes and an accurate setting. The historical experience is entertaining and instructive – a prominent pattern in literature that creates an in-depth story as well as lasting depictions of the past – it intertwines the aspects of the novelist and the historian. These stories combined to blend the imagery, plot and characters which the historical facts of the past. The Marxist literary theorist Georg Lukacs explains “What matters therefore in the historical novel is not the retelling of great historical events, but the poetic awakening of the people who figured in those events. What matters is that we should re-experience the social and human motives which led men to think, feel and act just as they did in historical reality.” (Lukács, p. 42) In other words Lukas argues that creating smaller relationships –fictional or non-fiction - the aspects and accurate historical views emerge within the work thus…

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