What do you think motivates Natalie's actions in the story?

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There are several major factors that The School Story suggests are part of Natalie's motivation. First, it is clear that Natalie loves to read. Attempting to write a book is a natural way to extend a love of reading. Second, successfully writing a book and getting it published is a...

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There are several major factors that The School Story suggests are part of Natalie's motivation. First, it is clear that Natalie loves to read. Attempting to write a book is a natural way to extend a love of reading. Second, successfully writing a book and getting it published is a tremendous accomplishment, especially for a child. The fact that Natalie hides her identity to avoid favoritism suggests that she is using the project as a way to prove herself. Third, I think that the project is part of how Natalie is processing her father's death. Given that sharing books together was a key part of their relationship, and given the strong father-daughter relationship in Natalie's book, it seems that she finds some solace in the process of writing.

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