The Loss Of The Creature

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The word common can mean many things: widespread, general, ordinary. There is nothing difficult about the word common. So how do we define the common reader? It would be a reader that does not question any theory, but accepts it as being right. In “The Loss of the Creature” by Walker Percy, the common reader might not be able to understand the depths of the concepts shown to him. To explore this, we can start with the title. These are the first words people read. When the common reader glances at the title, he may see just the literal meaning – it is an essay about a creature, some sort of animal, maybe. Instead, he comes across a piece of work that has nothing to do with animal life. The title to the common reader has no relation to the essay. To them, the whole essay talks about different ways of how to experience events and properly learn from them. 1. When Percy uses the example of the tourist going to the Grand Canyon, the common reader would not have a problem. The tourist “visits his travel bureau, looks at the folder, and signs up for a two-week tour. He and his family take the tour, see the Grand Canyon, and return to Boston” (482). As a common reader I would think that the tourist experienced the Grand Canyon. The man traveled there and took a whole tour. What more do you want from him? It is a canyon that is a National Landmark. The man could have gone off the trail, but he still explored the canyon. What is the problem here? The second example would make it easier to comprehend for the common reader. When Percy brings up the couple that travel through Mexico and get lost, he shows clearly what was wrong with their experience. As the couple come across an Indian village they “know at once that this is “it.” They are entranced” (485). It is easy to assume that the couple did something wrong because of the style of writing. Give an example, explain
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