The Underworld—an ultimate challenge, facing the darkest parts of human nature or dealing with death e. We all live, we all die. Oedipus: family triangles, being blinded, dysfunctional family g. Foster references dozens of literary works covering the expanse of the Western canon and beyond. How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C.
This is illustrative of how writers always send characters south to run amok. Focus on specific assumptions that the author makes, assumptions that would not make it in this century. Common Biblical stories with symbolic implications i. Structurally a quest has a quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, challenges and trials en route, and a reason to go there. Last Chance for Change Chapter 25 - giving a character one last chance to redeem himself or make a difference before it is too late ie. Chapter 2: Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion Chapter 2 tells of the symbolism that takes place while characters are eating a meal together.
All books borrow situations, ideas, and themes. Example: The main character of A Farewell to Arms walks into the rain after the death of his lover and child. Discuss Biblical allusions that Foster does not mention. Literal Vampirism: Nasty old man, attractive but evil, violates a young woman, leaves his mark, takes her innocence b. Vampirism is a characteristic a character can portray, such as selfishness, exploitation, and rudeness.
Myths can be in different forms in literature, paintings, and music. Many authors actually use vampires, ghosts, or doppelgangers to portray vampiristic qualities instead of letting the reader infer those qualities into a human. Show how the author uses this connection thematically. The type of disease has to speak to the theme or character of the work lies dormant and turns every victim into an unknowing carrier, high mortality rate, disproportionately appears in younger people, devastated people in developing countries, gay community was initially hardest hit, became a symbol of tragedy, despair, courage, resilience, compassion, political angle, religious angle. Experience has proved to them that life and books fall into similar patterns.
A failed meal carries negative connotations 3. A place to go, 3. How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. A place to go c. If one reads anything it probably can be traced back to something written by Shakespeare.
It should be mysterious in origin. Geography can be used as virtually any type of literary device, especially characterization. The majority of people falls into the category of shallow readers. However, if people read widely and develop their ability to pick up on intertextual connections, they will better understand and enjoy more works of literature. What else can you learn from the blinks? Foster Notes by Marti Nelson 1.
The character takes advantage of people, like a vampire would to his prey. On top of one hill was a catholic church, another a Hindu temple, and the other a Muslim mosque. There are many things connected to Greece. In chapter 5 the author explains how stories overlap in a way. Diseases must have strong symbolic or metaphorical possibilities. Fairy tales are easy to connect to because they all have a plot and solution, so there is always a way to connect a story to the fairy tales.
Chapter Two: Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion 1. Characteristics of Generic Landscapes Low valley, prairie - swaps, crowds, fog, darkness, fields, heat, unpleasantness, people, life, and death. Chapter 5: Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before? Musical notes are a language that has evolved over thousands of years and the notation that we know today, there are more than 300 years. To have a quest you must have: a a quester, b , a place to go, c a stated reason to go, d Challenges and trials, e a real reason to go there. Mascots, towns, and some people are even named after some of the greates heros of Greek times.
I know I'll start to notice patterns and influences behind the works I read. Most of the time, when a piece of literature involves someone going somewhere and doing something, it is a quest. Not all of them at once, but maybe 1, or 2. He says his reason to go is that he must find his destiny and explore the vision from his dream about a treasure in Egypt. Surviving alone does not make it a baptism, the character must be ready t receive the rebirth. Sometimes trivial and seemingly meaningless details pop up again and again.
An act of sharing and peace d. In other words, sex is often suggested with much more art and effort than it is described, and, if the author is doing his job, it reflects and creates theme or character. They all involve things such as temptation, betrayal, denial, etc. The recognition of patterns makes it much easier to read complicated literature because recognizing patterns will help you relate two or more pieces of literature together, therefore making it easier to understand and analyze the literature you are focused on. Chapter 12 -- Is That a Symbol? Connections: -The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Hester wearing the scarlet letter A is a perfect example of exploitation. The novel was written in second person. There is no such thing as a wholly original work of literature All authors pull inspiration from previous works.