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Whereas the first nine books of Augustine's Confessions were devoted to the narration (Lat. narratio) of his life, the final four are devoted to enarratio, or exegesis--a lesson in how to read rightly. What is "confessional" about this exercise, or to put it another way, what do these four books have to do with the preceding nine? As a budding literary exegete yourself, do you feel that Books X-XIII form an aesthetic unity with Books I-IX? Why or why not? Why do we need these additional four books, when the events of Books I-VIII have apparently been sufficient to effect Augustine's conversion (...or have they? Is there any danger of backsliding?) ?
Overall--and perhaps this is a bit of a trick question--what is/are Augustine's purpose(s) in writing the Confessions? Does he succeed? What new ground has he broken? What have we learned?
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