Purpose of an Author

The author’s purpose is basically why he or she wrote the paper.

The purpose is what motivated him or her to write something.

1. What’s the author’s purpose in the following selection?

The giant panda is a bearlike animal that has thick white fur with black markings on its ears, limbs, shoulders, and around its eyes. The giant panda feeds on bamboo forests at high altitudes in western China. It also eats bulbs, roots, eggs, and some small mammals. The cubs are born in late winter. The giant panda is an endangered species and is protected by the Chinese government.


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2. What’s the author’s purpose in the following selection?

Everyone should have a pet. Pets are very loving and affectionate. They help children learn responsibility. Pets give you unconditional love. Having a pet is a wonderful experience that everyone should know.


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We know three (3) basic types of purposes or motivations of authors.

They wrote something either to inform, to entertain, or to persuade.

It is important that readers understand the motivation or purpose of an author at it will help them to better understand the paper.

In general, it’s rather easy to figure out what type of paper we’re dealing with. Informative papers are basically when an author is giving the reader merely facts about something; when the author tells the readers more about something.

Papers that are meant to mainly entertain are generally fiction. This relates to pretty much all kinds of fiction work. It is meant for entertainment.

Occasionally, fiction may serve a double purpose when it also tries to inform or tries to persuade. In general, though, when a piece is meant for entertainment, this means it is some piece of fiction.

Finally, the 3rd type of purpose is to persuade. This is actually the most difficult type to figure pit because generally, authors will be trying to hide the fact that they want to persuade the reader because when they know the author is to persuade them, they will skeptical or wary of the arguments the author is throwing at them.

Many times, an author will try to hide his or her persuasive paper as a piece that is meant to inform, or as a paper that is written to entertain where actually, though, it’s written to persuade the readers.

So these are the 3 (three) main types of purpose or motivation of an author. These are to inform, entertain, or persuade.

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