How can one look past unrealistic elements in a story?I am writing an argumentative essay arguing that it is possible for readers to look past unrealistic elements in a story and appreciate the...

How can one look past unrealistic elements in a story?

I am writing an argumentative essay arguing that it is possible for readers to look past unrealistic elements in a story and appreciate the story as a whole. I have my thesis done, however, I am having trouble finding argument points that can support my thesis. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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The answer to your question actually has a "formula" for it. The term for which you are referring to is called "willing suspension of disbelief." This phenomenon can be seen in both reading a text or watching a movie (typically). It was introduced by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Coleridge stated that if a writer was able to create a text which could weave a "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a text which tended to stretch the truth, the reader would forgo their concerns about a text being unrealistic.

Therefore, if a reader is engrossed in the tale the author has constructed for their reading pleasure, the reader will (normally unconsciously) forget that the tale is implausible. Simply, the author is relying upon the fact that the reader will be so engrossed in their tale that the reader will not question the setting, the action, or the characters developed in the tale.

Therefore, I would suggest looking up "willing suspension of disbelief" and constructing your examples around the ideology.

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