Harlie Cheyenne Bredahl
Professor Peter Epps
08 September 2014
I"The Importance of the Act of Reading" by Paulo Freire, describes the importance of the act of reading beyond numerous experiences in his life as a child, a teenager, and an adult. Freire begins his article by taking readers back to where he was born, in his home city Recife, Brazil. He uses very itemized imagery to describe the trees, the house and the atmosphere of where he grew up and how the text, words, and letters were incarnated in the series of things, objects, and signs. He describes the trees, the house and the atmosphere of where he grew up and how the text, words, and letters were incarnated in the series of things, objects, and signs. He identified how the trees he used to play on were just like people, and prepared him for risk and adventure. He relates that that house he grew up is where little meaningful things would occur such as his first steps and first spoken words. Freire continues his vision, claiming it was his first world, his first world for that of his first reading. He describes, in detail, the atmosphere of where he grew up including: the weather, the animals, the flowers, and the geography features surrounding his home, and the fruit &vegetables in the gardens outside. Through re-examination of his memories of childhood, Freire demonstrates that it is possible to view experiences and objects as texts, words, and letters and to gain knowledge of the world. He insightfully compares his recollections to a type of reading style, where a reader learns and fluctuates before actually reading. The text, words, and letters would take on imageries of Freire's world and the more he perceived the images, the signs would emerge to him. It was when Freire started school that a teacher showed him that reading words, phrases or sentences never entailed a break with reading the world, but as to reading the word meant reading the word's-world....
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