What importance is there to the writer's voice?
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Perhaps as a beginning to the pondering of the importance of voice, the student should consider writers that she likes and deliberate on how different their narratives would be if another author were to have written these works. For instance, without the beautiful literary lyricism,imagery, and symbolism of F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing would The Great Gatsby have found its place as a great American novel? Consider these lines, for example, the description of Gatsby's car is almost mythical:
With fenders spread like wings we scattered light through half Astoria....[The car] was a monstrous length with triumphant hatboxes and...terraced with a labyrinth of windshields that mirrored a dozen suns.
Or, consider Poe's stories and poems--who else could have captured the terror of the mind and soul, or write with the precision and style as he has done? Who else could charm us and tease us with his ironic endings but O. Henry?
The writer's voice is uniquely hers and leaves the imprint of her soul upon her writing. This imprint is what often touches others of one's ken, interests others, and delights those of the same temperament. In addition, when one writes in her own unique voice, there is a genuineness and truth to the writing that is irreplaceable. This uniqueness of one's own voice is what lends value to endeavors of the liberal arts; they are the outpourings of the heart that touch other hearts and enrich, while at the same time satisfying the writer who, in the act of expression, is rewarded by the aesthetic act. Indeed, writing with one's own voice is extremely important!
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