“To give a text an Author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final signified, to close the writing” (1325). Barthes statement points out that if an author is present for a work of literature, it stops having any meaning the instance the work is complete. As we’ve discussed in class, the signs are in a constant state of flux; so the sign for a concept/sound image to the author at any fixed point in time can, and will change before the text reaches the reader. I also believe because, as a reader, I cannot trust the sign to stay the same, the influence of the author cannot be accounted when translation occurs either. Overall, I agree that Barthes qualifying the reader as more important than the Author is warranted, and quite possibly, overdue. Who knows what Twilight will mean to the reader in 20 years.