Does this essay belong to the Non-Fiction genre?This question is for my Non-Fcition class. It was mentioned that Thurber mixes Non-fiction with fiction thus this question.

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marcallie | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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What a great question.  Kudos to your professor, or whichever student came up with it.

I guess the answer depends in part on how much of the story Thurber made up, and how much of it really happened -- which we simply do not know.  Does exaggeration imply a lack of truthfulness?  I've basically always assumed that Thurber said this was non-fiction, and so it is.  The basic gist of the story COULD have happened.  There may have been a noise downstairs which woke everyone.  The mother might have thought it was a burglar while the boys thought it was a ghost.  The police might have been called by a neighbor, and they might have found no evidence of an intruder.  They could have heard the grandfather upstairs and gone up, only to have the grandfather freak out and shoot one of them.  Granted, they probably would not have just left at that point, but who knows?

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marcallie | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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What a great question.  Kudos to your professor, or whichever student came up with it.

I guess the answer depends in part on how much of the story Thurber made up, and how much of it really happened -- which we simply do not know.  Does exaggeration imply a lack of truthfulness?  I've basically always assumed that Thurber said this was non-fiction, and so it is.  The basic gist of the story COULD have happened.

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