Q. How do I figure out an author's intended audience?
Here are some steps to figure out an author's intended audience.
First, think about the author's purpose. Is it to:
- Inform readers about something?
- Persuade readers to do something?
- Entertain readers?
Then think about:
- Who would be interested in this topic?
- What is the author's tone (earnest, sarcastic)?
- What is the meaning behind the message?
- What is the author trying to convey to the reader?
- What is the author's view on the subject?
- Do they have a bias? What is it?
Answering these questions will help you understand the author's purpose which will lead to the intended audience.
Keep in mind that the intended audience could be:
- A single individual (like in a personal communication)
- A group of people (children for a children's book or chefs for a cooking article)
- The general public (speech from the president)
Authors usually have an intended audience in mind when they write.
You may want to check out this resource for more information: Determining an author's intended audience.
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