The Instigator
SaraMarie
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theREALmaverick
Con (against)
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1 Points

Fiction contains more truth than non-fiction.

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SaraMarie
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/12/2009 Category: Arts
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SaraMarie

Pro

Fiction contains more truth than non-fiction.

Let me define truth. Truth-conformity with fact or reality
www.dictionary.com

There is no doubt that non-fiction contains truth, but in some cases the non-fiction books contain opinion. When you read a fictional novel it is for fun, right? But have you ever read between the lines at what this is telling you. In a teen fictional novel they might have a relationship, one that goes through all of the hardships or bumps that most do. Isn't is true that most relationships go through those same bumps? Or how about in a fictional novel when someone gets a bad grade in school and they worked so hard on that test or project, they are upset. Isn't it true that when that same situation happens to you that you get upset? Non-fiction may give you cold hard facts or it may give you well written opinions. Opinions are not true they are a perspective. In fiction do they not use real situations. Arent those true?
theREALmaverick

Con

My opponent uses circular reasoning to justify her point. While excusing the fiction of fiction writing, she commands the readers to further analyze fiction writing for truth. As an example of how this "reading between the lines method" can lead to unfavorable and unnecessary baffling, I will call to attention the fictional work called "THE DA VINCI CODE (book and movie)." Those who wished to challenge the hermeneutics of the Christian church were extracting the proposed realism of the fictional plot from the embellishment of the fictional plot. When this was done, there were numerous heated feelings between those who interpreted the fictional novel differently. Some devout Christians were denouncing the work of fiction while the nonChristians were seeking a way to disprove unjustly the standards of the Holy Bible via the infallibility of Christ. All the while, the author continued, as many fiction writers have been forced, to remind critics that the book was solely fictitious. The tantalizing absurdity of the plot was translated into the audacity of frivolous debate over the illegitimate accuracy of a fictional piece of literature.
Debate Round No. 1
SaraMarie

Pro

There is a novel that is based after the the man Vlad Dracul, better known as Count Dracula. Vlads name means son of the devil in Romania. This relating to what vampires are called. They called him Vlad the Impaler. The definition of impale is to torture or kill. When biting a victims neck it was a form of killing them. This fictional character is based on a live person who had some of these characteristics. So, in some ways and forms the novel Dracula contains truth if you read between the lines.

Another example is the movie Valkyrie. This movie was based off of a true story of the German officers plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. There is tons of truth in this movie, but it is known as fiction because there is make believe in it.

Once again I state that non-fictional novels could be opinion in some parts. You never know how something is until you see it for yourself.

Please Vote Affirmative.

http://en.wikipedia.org...(film)
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http://www.merriam-webster.com...
theREALmaverick

Con

theREALmaverick forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
SaraMarie

Pro

SaraMarie forfeited this round.
theREALmaverick

Con

theREALmaverick forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by SaraMarie 5 years ago
SaraMarie
Thank you, Mr. Lumsden!

Great Job, AV. You did amazing. It was hard to find holes.
Posted by KyleLumsden 5 years ago
KyleLumsden
All points to Sara except for spelling and grammar. Maverick only argues one round, and his argument is hurt by its total reliance on a single example.
Posted by JustCallMeTarzan 5 years ago
JustCallMeTarzan
>> "Characters in a novel experience Hardships. Real people often experience Hardships. Real people, by definition, experience Truth. Therefore, characters in a novel experience Truth."

This can only be true if characters in a novel are real people. Just because real people and characters share an experience that happens to have actually occurred in no way indicates that the characters in the book ACTUALLY had an experience of truth.
Posted by KyleLumsden 5 years ago
KyleLumsden
According to the Wikipedia article on "Begging the question", a circular argument occurs "when the given argument depends on what it is trying to support, and as a result, the proposition is being used to prove itself." Can you clarify what it is that you believe is circular about SaraMarie's argument? Here's how I see her logic running:

Characters in a novel experience Hardships.
Real people often experience Hardships.
Real people, by definition, experience Truth.
Therefore, characters in a novel experience Truth.

That feels a bit shaky to me, but it's clearly not circular reasoning. I'm very curious to learn what it was you *did* find circular in there.
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