How can I paraphrase the following quote while including what it means.  "Then it occurred to me that none of the books in the class or in any of my classes, in all the years of my education, had...

How can I paraphrase the following quote while including what it means.

 

"Then it occurred to me that none of the books in the class or in any of my classes, in all the years of my education, had ever discussed a house like mine."

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The remainder of the quote was posted after I began answering your question. So, I will exapand the paraphrase so as to include the remained of the quote.

I finally understood that every book, movie, and magazine, I had ever come across, failed to depict my own house. It seemed that everyone I knew could find their own lives in those things. I cannot.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The quote refers to the fact that all readers come to a text with different backgrounds, histories, circumstances, and upbringings.

The quote can be paraphrased in the following way:

I finally understood that every book, movie, and magazine, I had ever come across, failed to depict my own house. It seemed that everyone I knew could find their own lives in those things. I cannot.

Basically, what you are trying to say is that no book you have ever encountered details the events which happen in your own life, your house.

The tragedy of this is that authors try to find some aspect of a person's life which they can depict in a text so that the reader will engage in the novel (or text). When a text does not offer a reader any aspect to relate to, the reader typically fails to gain a deeper understanding of the text.

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destinylashea | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Rest of The Quote

Then it occurred to me that none of the books in the class or in any of my classes, in all the years of my education, had ever discussed a house like mine. Not in books or magazines or films. My classmates had come from real houses, real neighborhoods, ones they could point to, but what did I know?

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