Biographies Vs Autobiographies

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Review of biographies and autobiographies. This compares and contrasts the two types of nonfiction.

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Biographies Vs Autobiographies

  1. 1. Biographies Vs Autobiographies
  2. 2. What is a biography? <ul><li>Biographies are written stories of a person's life that were written by someone else </li></ul><ul><li>Biographies are written in second and sometimes third person point of view. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Biographies <ul><li>Biographies make past history more real and easier to understand by telling about real people and actual events. </li></ul><ul><li>People reading the biography </li></ul><ul><li>can satisfy their curiosity about </li></ul><ul><li>well-known individuals and can </li></ul><ul><li>experience historical events as </li></ul><ul><li>though they were actually </li></ul><ul><li>present. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Biographies <ul><li>A good biography presents the facts about the person's life including what the subject did and how they influenced their world. </li></ul><ul><li>It should describe the person's personality and provide an explanation for why he or she acted in certain ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Most biographies are interpretive; they not only present the facts but also tell what those facts mean. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Biographies <ul><li>Biographers make their writings accurate by learning as much as possible about their subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>They study materials such as diaries, personal letters, and autobiographies. </li></ul><ul><li>A good biography should be objective and balanced, but those lofty goals are not always achieved. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is an autobiography? <ul><li>An autobiography is a person's story written by oneself. It is a story told from a personal point of view about his or her own life experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Autobiographies are written in first person tense and tell a story about one’s own life without others influencing what is written. </li></ul>

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