How to Read Literature like a Professor Thomas C. Foster Entry 1 Foster discusses the idea that when two characters eat together, that moment acts as a bonding experience and causes the characters to come together. I had never noticed the significance of a meal between characters before. After reading this chapter, I can think of so many moments in stories when the characters share a meal together to form friendships or come to a peace. In one of my favorite novels, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, Picoult writes that “Emma Alexis- who was one of the cool, beautiful girls…she rolled her wheelchair right beside Justin. She’d asked him if she could have half of his donut” (367). Splitting the donut between one of the popular girls and one of the quieter, nerdier boys was a representation of the deformation of the high school social classes. After reading this chapter, I could recall the significance of meals together in so many novels and movies but I never noticed this pattern before. Entry 2 Chapter 4 begins the argument that no piece of literature is completely original. Chapter 5 discusses that many story ideas originated from Shakespeare and Chapter 6 discusses that many other ideas came from the Bible. Telling stories has been around for so long. Stories existed before they were even written on paper, told orally or expressed in drawing. I can understand that many stories are not wholly original because people are always gaining inspiration from others and building off
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A place with munchkins, witches, wizards, and a girl name Dorothy trying to get home to Kansas, in other words, Oz. This 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz is in the top 100 American Film Institute (AFI) list because of the many themes, symbols, and motifs. According to Thomas C. Foster the author of How to Read Literature like a Professor and Reading the Silver Screen,certain aspects make stories more understandable. In his books, he teaches us how to interpret and find these features in literary works. In How to Read Literature like a Professor it focuses more on the plot while the Reading the Silver Screen focuses more on the techniques of the film.
The Hobbit is a novel that is actually a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster explains a vast amount of archetypes. I will be applying the archetypes in the book “How to Read Literature like a Professor” to Bilbo Baggins’ journey.
Chapter 14 is about how almost everything, in some form, is a Christ figure. The chapter gives a list to relate characters to. The list is 1. crucified, wounds in the hands, feet, side, and head 2. in agony 3. self-sacrificing 4. good with children 5.good with loaves, fishes, water, wine 6. thirty-three years of age when last seen 7. employed as a carpenter 8. known to use humble modes of transportation, feet or donkeys preferred 9. believed to have walked on water 10. often portrayed with arms outstretched 11.
“The Hobbit” and “How to Read Literature Like a Professor” are both very interesting books. These books have many similar and different concepts. Eating with others, eating others, quests, and geography are all concepts that are in both books.
How do memory, symbol, and pattern affect the reading of literature? How does the recognition of patterns make it easier to read complicated literature? Discuss a time when your appreciation of a literary work was enhanced by understanding symbol or pattern.
-We have to carefully compare and contrast all parts of the sonnet in order to see the deeper meaning that all sonnets hold.
In the book “How To Read Literature Like A Professor” by Thomas C. Foster, many elements are brought to the reader’s attention. Three of these elements, happen to connect with the novel, “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time” written by Mark Haddon.
When you eat with someone, this usually implies that you like them, and you want peace. Every communion does not have to be holy communion like in churches, but it is a bond and the communion forms a relationship between the groups. When the communion is between groups of disliking, there is major tension and the act of eating might not even commence.
Every character that travels down a path, that encounters obstacles on their journey, that makes sacrificial decisions faces each of these components as they undertake a life-altering quest. Often times the hero ventures out to save someone or solve a problem, but in fact, their true journey is a search for self-knowledge. Through every obstacle and road-block along the way, the character discovers more about themselves and their true identity. Though they may have journeyed across great lands to accomplish their mission, the thing they were searching for was inside of them all along; the journey and challenges only helped to reveal their real character. As explained in Thomas C. Foster’s literary criticism, How to Read Literature Like a Professor,
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. Patterns in literature can help the reader understand plots, settings, themes, and other literary elements. I greatly appreciated the novel, Brave New World because of how different the society in the novel was from the one I live in. Using the Signposts from Notice and Note, I was able to see contrast and contradictions that enhanced my understanding of the book. I noticed how I was expecting Bernard, in Brave New World to be just like everybody else in the novel but instead he was a “normal person” that felt normal human emotions, such as the longing for love, that the other characters just did not feel. He also felt isolated and alone. Bernard thinks in a way we were not expecting. Patterns such as this helped me, the reader, to better understand literary elements.
How to Read Literature like a Professor Annotations Chapter 1 Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It’s Not) Summary: Challenges must be faced during/on the path to the destination. Commentary: you must learn self reliance before relying on others (pg 5) Commentary: There will always be someone who tries to contradict what someone says to get their point across.
For what reason does Foster suggest that authors often include meal scenes? Foster suggests that authors often include meal scenes in order to reveal the characters’ relationships with one another. He states how it is an act that is only exchanged between character that are deeply and indefinitely comfortable with each other, that “ it may be a moment of even greater trust” (11). What does a failed meal suggest in literature?
Different individuals read literature for various facts and purposes, and I realized that I mostly read because I like to lose myself in new stories, and for me it doesn’t matter if something isn’t true.Different individuals read literature for various facts and purposes, and I realized that I mostly read because I like to lose myself in new stories, and for me it doesn’t matter if something isn’t true.Different individuals read literature for various facts and purposes, and I realized that I mostly read because I like to lose myself in new stories, and for me it doesn’t matter if something isn’t true.
As a young child and teenager, I’ve always been an avid reader. Reading, unlike many other past-times, is a highly beneficial hobby that is universally unlimited. When my love for literature began, I was in the third grade. In my classroom, there was a poster with a famous quote displayed on colorful paper. It read, “The more you read, the more things that you know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” This well-known quote was said by one of the most reputable authors- Dr. Seuss! Although this is a very elementary (literally) quote, it holds much truth. Literature gives you a great deal of knowledge, as well as a great appreciation for the world around you. This is the beauty of reading literature.