The Death of the Author by Roland Barthes

“To give a text an Author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final significance, to close the writing.”

Simply put, text is a series of phonetic sounds with variable meaning, depend on the purpose of the author. The author’s purpose for writing text is to share their experiences with culture. In his article, Barthes differentiates between the “scriptor” and the “author” by stating that the word “author” implies more authority over the reader’s interpretations. The author inflicts a certain viewpoint on the reader, which inevitably overshadows the reader’s creative mind.

Roland Barthes. (1977). The Death of the Author. Retrieved from

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