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Some theorists argue that literary critics should strive to be value-neutral in their literary criticism. These theor...
on November 26, 2018
on November 30, 2018
Iâ€™m happy to help. As always, letâ€™s start with the question stem. We are looking for an answer that will allow the argumentâ€™s conclusion if we assume that answer.
In order to find that, we need to understand the argument. Premise: some theorists say: strive to be valueâ€”neutral. But literary criticism cannot be completely value-neutral. Therefore, some theorists are wrong about an appropriate goal.
Do you see the gap? See how we have a statement about â€œstrivingâ€ vs. a statement about being unable to be â€œcompletelyâ€ value neutral? Surely there is some distance between those two options that could impact the conclusion that one should not even try to â€œstriveâ€ to be value neutral?
And that is what answer B offers â€” it closes that gap. It tells us that if it is possible to be completely value neutral, then critics shouldnâ€™t even try.
I hope that helps! Please let us know if you have further questions.
on August 6, 2020
I am still confuse. Can you explain it in a different way?
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