Aug 1, 2015

On Umberto Eco

written by Hannah

Twice over the Alps before ever I was born, my name is Hannah but when online I tend to go by Lunaed, or Eluned Francis. I like to live in the past or in other peoples' present. I live to travel and love to see the world from the perspective of others. I chew slowly, and absorb the world in much the same way: savouring it.

Umberto Eco once wrote an essay that suggests we learn through books as much as we do from real life experiences, and that literature provides us with a moral framework that stipulates what is and what is not acceptable behaviour. More crucial in regard to our learning curve however is the manner in which a good book will map out the consequences in a chain of events, rather than the attempted delineation between good and bad; we learn from books because they posit scenarios that we, as readers, can learn from. A scandalous book that charts the fall of an average man or woman will always be more beneficial than an account of an absolutely virtuous protagonist.

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