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When reading a story the beginning fiction readers often consider the entertainment with which the story can provide them and they close the book with the feeling that Well it was a nice story They usually are concerned with what happens and as far as the story presents them with a set of events that they can follow and with which they can identify they are content especially if the story is an adventure one That is why the students of fiction courses when encountered with stories which are plain and lack their desirable excitement they get puzzled and wonder if the story has any specific meaning at all This frightens them as to what the subject matter is and as on what they are going to be tested Students are usually after some kind of formula according to which they could organize the materials and could give back the teachers what they demand They wish they could even guess the kind of exam questions This may be easily achieved in other courses but not in fiction courses They may soon see what the study of fiction is not it is not a survey course it is not like literary history in which they could learn about different literary schools of thought their founders and their disciples This apprehension increases especially when the teachers do not teach fiction systematically and only take some stories to class to be discussed for some general comments In such cases students usually try to draw some moral lessons from the stories saying the story shows us that we must not be jealous or greedy and so forth The result is that students rarely go beyond arid moral statements which indeed arise from their own presuppositions and that they always read for entertainment rather than for understanding They also think that the writer randomly puts a few episodes together in order to teach us a moral lesson To instruct students
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