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Roland Barthes a noted writer and believer of structuralism outlines the basis for his structuralist theory in his text The Death of the Author Barthes concern at this point in his career is with the relationship between the author and the writing and this is reflected in his essays entitled The Death of the Author Barthes divides his argument into two parts The first is the author who exists before the book was ever written thinks suffers lives for it Consequently the author is always considered as a father to his literary child Second Barthes considers that now the modern writer is born with the text at the same time As a result every text is written here and now rather than after the authors thought To this end Barthes posits that the author can never express exactly what he means when he uses words as the instruments of expression Consequently he argues that the image of literature should not be centered on the authors personal life but on the text or work itself Because of Barthes we now know that a text is not a line of words releasing a single theological meaning but a multidimensional space which a variety of writings none of them original blend and dance with each other The text is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centers of many cultures As a result the author will never be original in his thought but will imitate a gesture that is always anterior never original Like many structuralist theorists Barthes wanted to create a way for people to deepen their understanding of language society literature and texts Barthes believed that text was a human invention consequently the deepest feelings and thoughts of a writer are always bound to spill over into the work of the writer This is Barthes argument
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