What is the role of the reader in understanding stories?

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a very good question. Recently, there has been greater emphasis on the importance of the reader. In light of this, there is a greater awareness that just as the author and text are important, the reader is also important in the interpretation process.

The role of the reader, then, is one of the most important parts to any understanding of texts. As you  know, all readers are unique. In other words, all readers come to texts with different experiences, insights, and cultural sensibilities. For this reason, all interpretation is a highly personal endeavor and in truth unique. In addition, all reader see different things in the stories that they read. This is one of the reasons why it is great for readers to share with one another and discuss texts. People are learn so much from each other.