In “On Becoming a Writer,” the author, Russell Baker, expressed his interest in writing as a way of thinking about himself and forming an identity. “The only thing that truly interested me was writing, “he states. “It was the only thing for which I seemed to have the smallest talent…” Even though he used to dislike English classes in high school, in his third year, the chance of being a writer knocked on his door. When Mr.
Fleagle, the English professor, with an out of date look and behavior, took over the class, he brought on an opportunity to Russell to realize his talent and stay with open eyes for the future. Mr. Fleagle introduced to the class an assignment, an informal essay. The choice of topics was “The Art of Eating Spaghetti. ” “This title produced an extraordinary sequence of mental images. ”Russell says. “Suddenly I wanted to write about that…” The author wanted to write this essay not for Mr.
Fleagle, but for himself, for his own satisfaction, as a way to recapture and hold forever this dear memory. Even though he realized the possibility of getting a failing grade, he took the chance and submitted his assignment to Mr. Fleagle. “Two days passed before Mr. Fleagle returned the graded papers, and he returned everyone’s but mine. ” The author’s suspense didn’t last long as Mr. Fleagle kept his essay last, and started reading it to the class. “My words! He was reading my words out loud to the entire class.
” At that minute, Rusell Baker experienced his happiest moment of all school years, which gave him the confidence and opportunity to simply become a writer. “…Mr. Fleagle had opened a door for me. ” “On Becoming a Writer” is an essay for the students, who are interested in writing but are afraid to face their desire, because of doubt or not taking writing as a real job. It is an essay for the teachers, showing them how much of an impact they have on a student’s future.
It is vital for the teachers to remember that everything they do or say can influence their students at this stage of their life. “On Becoming a Writer” is also an essay for everybody interested in the subject and can decide to become a writer. The author is telling us his story as a friend. His purpose is to make us realize that things are possible and happen if we really believe in our qualities and ourselves. Dreams come true every day, and we, the dreamers, have to work hard for those dreams, to wake up and asleep with them and be very persistent to make them happen.
As Paulo Coelho states in his book, “When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. ” Therefore, essays as “On Becoming a Writer” and many other are meant to give their readers the confidence and the support they need to follow their dreams. In most of the time it, doesn’t happen immediately or short period of time; in most of the time it may take years before any dream becomes reality. Therefore, having someone like Mr. Fleagle in your life, give you hope and motivation to keep dreaming.