After reading Lopate’s work on the personal essay, this writing style seems much more complex than I had previously imagined. To find an admirable balance between pride of self-distinction and genuine sincerity exists as a complex relationship in which the author must overcome. Although the sincerity and genuine emotion may be felt by the author, it must be conveyed by the reader – in a way that the reader truly believes in the authors words. However, these words must be much more than merely “believable” in a sense. The underlying purpose of what the author has written is not to gain approval or acceptance from the reader – since clearly, the author should be confident and genuine in their own words. The real difficulty which the author must face is how to inspire the reader with their own words.

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