Reflection [Arreola]

The circumstances in which one writes affects the manner in which the writing is produced, and the reaction it evokes. With Clark and Bronowski, the platforms they utilize being informational television series’, their circumstances caused for a need to cater to an audience while making sure not to infringe upon each other’s ideas. Also, the fact that these episodes were produced around the time of the Vietnam War makes the topic of the ascent of civilization as a comparison between Vietnam and the United States considerable.

Woolf’s entire argument revolves around the idea that circumstances directly affect the outcome of one’s writing. She claims that for a woman to successfully produce fiction, one requires 500 pounds a year and a room of one’s own, while possessing inherited money and presumably a room of her own. Her circumstances indirectly bring forth a loss of credibility, as she somewhat pats herself on the back and critiques other women authors like she can do better. Also, her lack of consideration of the circumstances of her privilege as a white woman in this time period affects how one credits her as an author, since her entire premise is based on the oppression of women and their lack of opportunity but fails to consider the hardships and oppression colored women face in which she cannot even compare to.

As a student required to reflect upon the platforms utilized and demographics of the pieces we have read, the circumstances of these writings directly affects my writing as well.  Having to respond to dense chapters on the earliest Christian artifacts and the evolution of the arch leaves little room for passion and deep interest in my works. Along with our unfamiliarity with the format of a scalar book, the way in which our knowledge and experience with the format of the traditional 5 page essay notably influences the outcome of our writing enough so that it be observable. The circumstances of the writings we analyze and the circumstances in which we write in do in fact directly influence and affect how one writes and responds to writing as a whole.


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