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    What does the word "portray" mean here?

    The question is: How do you feel about the way you were portrayed in this book?

    Is this question asking about how I feel what the book is talking about or which kind of narration the book is using?

    I got really confused by it. Hope you can tell me how I should answer this question. Thx a lot!


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    Re: What does the word "portray" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casperz View Post
    The question is: How do you feel about the way you were portrayed in this book?

    Is this question asking about how I feel what the book is talking about or which kind of narration the book is using?

    I got really confused by it. Hope you can tell me how I should answer this question. Thx a lot!
    It means "How do you feel about the way the book has described you."

    To portray means "to depict", "to draw" .

    So when a book portrays a person, the book is giving a description of that person; his charectiristics, his background, etc

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    Re: What does the word "portray" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casperz View Post
    The question is: How do you feel about the way you were portrayed in this book?

    Is this question asking about how I feel what the book is talking about or which kind of narration the book is using?

    I got really confused by it. Hope you can tell me how I should answer this question. Thx a lot!

    There's an opportunity for a bit of vocab-building here: someone who draws or paints a portrait, portrays. By extension 'portray' is applied also to creating a representation in words.

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    Last edited by BobK; 20-Sep-2006 at 09:42. Reason: Word order fix in last sentence.

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