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The renowned Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye held a series of radio broadcasts in which he presents his beliefs of literatures place in the world In the sixth of his lectures Frye culminates his study of the relevance of literature in the world He restates his theme and expands from strict critical theory into the wider and more practical aspects of a literal training 133 He builds on his earlier talks and tries to not only conclude his earlier ideas but also to introduce a greater understanding of the nature of literature and the imagination Frye begins by redefining his audience or at least who he thinks they are He tries to dissuade the notion of speaking to his audience as the literary elite He says he is speaking to the audience as consumers 134 He tries to overcome the notion that the studying of literature is not a necessary part of the process of learning to read and write He stresses the importance of the imagination and its appearance in our reality He states The fundamental job of the imagination in ordinary life then is to produce out of the society we have to live in a vision of the society we want to live in 140 He provides several examples to advance his claim The clich receives much of his attention He emphases that not only does Communism rely heavily on the clich to cloud the minds of its followers but we have our own also He says the imagination is what allows us to realize that we can not take clichs literally but to see beyond them He speaks of government jargon or gobbledegook sic 142 the language used to avoid the actual conveyance of information He uses as an example anti-personnel bombs bombs that kill men but jargon puts it into a more poetic perspective In every example he shows that the imagination is used to take us beyond the literal
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