My belief is that most writers do not set out to become an icon of the literary world. Most write because they were created to write, and feel a compulsion to set their thoughts on paper (or imbedded in a computer chip). Although supposedly learned scholars try to attach meaning to the words a writer produces, I believe these interpretations are mechanisms of the critic’s mind and were never involved in the thought processes of the author. This includes the works of canonically established writers and poets to include Dickens, Shakespeare or Faulkner, authors frequently discussed in the classroom. How one chooses to interpret a writer’s work is an individual effort, and may vary due to experiences, education, genetics, and any number of variables. Some write out of sheer egoism or may be influenced by aesthetic perceptions of beauty in life. Other writers write from a historical perspective in order to store facts for future generations, while political writers tend to attempt to influence readers to think in a particular vein held dear by the author.