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Fiction: Better View into Human Nature than Non-fiction?

My mom and I were debating this the other day.  I think fiction does a better job describing human nature and all its complications than non-fiction.  That’s because I think when authors write fiction, they can be more anonymous.  They can make their characters do anything they’ve ever seen or imagined in the realm of human nature. They can even make their characters be versions of themselves.  The characters can then do things the author has always thought about or wanted to do.  However, when someone is writing non-fiction, they have to stick to describing real people.  They can’t make the character do something outlandish that actually does a better job creating insight into the human race than actual events.

I’m totally open to debate on this, though.  What do you think?

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