I am writing an abstract of an essay for homework and am looking for a way to rephrase the following sentence in order to avoid the repetition of 'to'. 'to attempt to' sounds awkward.

" It is in fact exactly this absence of a harmonious ‘state of unity’ that inevitably induces the reader, and thus the critic, to attempt to grasp the inexistent innermost core of the story. "

Any help would be appreciated greatly.