I need help writing a paper for my critical writing class. Here is the prompt:
“I am a writer, and the next step is inevitable: I used what had been revealed to me in my own writing.” This is a line from “Someone Reading a Book Is a Sign of Order in the World,” a piece in which Mary Ruefle makes reference to a number of different works and authors, describing how they made an impact on her and her work. But do these references serve to strengthen this work or make it more difficult for her readers to follow? Can you fully understand, let alone appreciate, what she is discussing if you are not at least passingly familiar with the authors and pieces she invokes? And if not, does this make it any less worth reading?