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Gaining Title Over Complex Material Bartholomae and Petrosky in the introduction to Ways of Reading illustrate the correlations a reader has with the information that is being conceived This means one should be guided by his own impressions as they read without asking for other opinions as confirmation The reader should belittle the idea of seeking experts to resolve the issue of what the essay really meant Is not what it means to the experts but what it means to you as a reader willing to take the chance to construct a reading You can be the authorityyou dont have to turn to others BP p8 In other words form your own ideas and explanations what does it mean to you Perhaps this can relate to Percy when he talks about experts and the complex man These concepts could apply to the reader that Bartholomae and Petrosky are describing The complex man is someone who can look past the experts and form a path of his own expressing his own opinions In a sense he exploits his fellow tourists he stands on their shoulders to see the canyon Percy p567 This applies to the strong readers who do not need experts to explain these stories and essays BP p9 Like the tourist who does not need the given tour to realize the beauty of the canyon he sees it himself Lets get back to Percys concept of experts which relates to those whose knowledge helps validate common folks and how it corresponds to the paradox in the introduction The paradox is the struggle one has with a reading because it is oppressive and doesnt know how to go about reading it This idea of experts states that one needs a higher authority to validate something as authentic real or true So a student who is uncertain about a text can receive someone elses opinion to help understand What they want from him is
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