How to Read Literature like a Professor Chapter 1 -As readers we come across many details in literature that hole significance, however the common reader usually misses the deeper -Literature professors look for three things, memory, patter, and symbol. Chapter 2 -Every time a character sets out to do something it's a quest. The idea of a quest has evolved greatly, as literature has evolved. -There are always five parts of a quest: the quester, an end goal, a purpose, obstacles in the path, the deeper lesson learned from the quest. -The quester usually ends the quest with a better idea of who they are. Chapter 3 -Meals always hold a deeper meaning in literature. -Meals have the ability to bring people together because people always have …show more content…
-They usually have the shape of a square. -We have to carefully compare and contrast all parts of the sonnet in order to see the deeper meaning that all sonnets hold. -Every part of the sonnet holds a special, deep meaning, which is why it's imperative that each part is perfect. Chapter 6 -Literature is something that can't be original, all literature is usually inspired by some other literature that existed prior to the current piece of literature. -This doesn't mean that people are stealing others' work, it means that each and every piece of literature directly affects the way a writer views and processes things. -Others influence all stories so, in actuality, all stories branch from the same beginning story -The more a person reads, the more knowledge they gain and the more a person reads, the more we begin to see those similarities that exist between each piece of literature. Chapter 7 -Shakespeare has left a huge impact on the world as we know it. Shakespeare affects almost every piece of literature in some way. -Shakespeare is also responsible for a large number of quotes and sayings that are consistently brought up in stories and even everyday
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The five aspects of a quest are ( A.) a quester, ( B.) a place to go, ( C.) a started reason to go there, ( D.) challenges and trials en route, ( E.) and a real reason to do there. “Once you figure out quest, the rest is easy”. The started goal fades away throughout the story line and a new one is created. In the movie The Wizard of Oz the ( A.) Quester is a young, naive Dorothy, who is from Kansas. Dorothy is caught in a tornado and lands in the Land of Oz. ( B.) A Place To Go: When Dorothy arrives in Oz she finds out the only person the can get her back home is The Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz, who lives in the Emerald City, and the only way to get there is to follow the Yellow Brick Road. ( C.) As Stated Reason To Go There: Dorothy wants
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
Foster breaks down the aspects of a journey to describe the quester, the destination, the stated reason, the challenges, and the real reason. The character who embarks on the journey, also known as the quester, has a defined reason to do so, whether it is to obtain an object, save one from the lurking dangers, or acquire life-saving knowledge. Along their way to reach their destination, they may encounter various challenges such as a physical barrier, a challenger/defender, or a personal obstacle they must face. Through whatever form it takes, these barriers force the quester to challenge their abilities and beliefs, which ultimately leads to them discovering personal knowledge previously unknown about themselves. Though the quester may have accomplished their stated goal of their journey, they return from their voyage often as a changed person as the real reason for their quest was to gain self-knowledge. After they finish their conquest, the quester realizes that the journey was more important than the destination whether they built upon their relationships with another, conquered a personal fear, or gained new found knowledge about themselves, altering their personality and their identity. Foster believes that every trip is a quest, and the quest is a revelation about one’s
The first chapter of How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster is about the hero’s quest. Foster starts the chapter with a fictious example of a story with a protagonist called Kip that although on the surface seems like a search for bread, is actually an example of a knight’s encounter with nemesis, a quest. He then goes on to discuss the five components of a quest and how the parts often vary and are hidden in different forms. One of the primary take-aways from the chapter however is how the real reason for a quest is never the one stated but rather self-knowledge, the idea that the purpose for the quest is ultimately not the stated reason but rather a quest of education. Foster argues that the stated reason is more of an excuse for embarking on the quest, rather than the end goal and discusses
In the first chapter of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, every trip a protagonist takes becomes a quest in the story. These quests often entail a Quester (the protagonist), a specific place to go, a reason to go to a said place, obstacles, and challenges on the way, and the Quester’s real reason to go to said place. Whatever is gained from this quest can vary from unlimited wealth to a whole lot of nothing, but the Quester seems to always be guaranteed to receive one thing: self-knowledge. In chapter 2, Foster emphasizes the point that whenever people eat or drink together, it’s communion. Basic survival states that people need food to be able to live.
In the first chapter of How To Read Literature Like a Professor, we discover that in each essay there are different aspect to the character that form what or how he does something. There is always a quester, a destination, a stated purpose for the quest, challenges the quester must endure and the actual hidden reason for the quest. In The History of Rasselas: King of Abissina the quester is Rasselas. Rasselas has grown bored and unhappy in the private valley that has confined him for the last twenty-six years. In chapter five, Rasselas sets out on an journey to leave the kingdom of Amhara, the valley. On this adventure, the questor, Rasseleas, is faced with many hard challenges. He has to leave the
In How To Read Literature Like A Professor, by Thomas C. Foster, the main purpose is to show readers how to go into depth with the meaning of things seen or talked about when reading literature. It highlights symbols in texts and shows how every single thing can be significant. It also talks about literary sources like greek mythology, the Bible, Children text, and Shakespeare (which he refers back to a lot ), that many stories use to form their plots or quests. The book talks about a topic and then gives the reader and example passage to refer to when talking about that that specific subject. For example, when talking about violence in Chapter 11, Foster analysis Robert Frost’s violent poem called “Out, Out-” and it’s true meaning.
Many children who are in their teens have difficulty with reading books; whether that being with the wording of the book or the content of it. The novel How to Read Literature Like a Professor, written by Thomas C. Foster, is a book aimed toward teens to help them better understand books that may usually be challenging for them. This book is written in second person since Foster uses the word “you” a lot in the novel. The main thing Foster thinks you will be after reading his book is a better reader overall. All of the chapters in the book have a reason for being where they are, and he also gives the reader examples from other books. He gives the reader insights into what authors did in their books that you may have never noticed before. This
In Thomas C. Foster’s novel, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster describes the aspects of a quest in literature as: “a quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, challenges and trials en route, and a real reason to go there,” (Foster 3). These aspects can be applied to many forms of literature and media. For example, in the theatrical adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the aspects of a quest are present. In this case the quester would be Harry Potter, the place to go would be the Mirror of Erised, the stated reason to go there would be to protect the Philosopher’s Stone from Professor Snape, the challenges and trials en route would be the three headed dog (along with the other trials such
The idea of the 5 aspects of a quest reminds me of movie called Shrek. Shrek was a very mean and conservative ogre who does not want to be bothered and wants to live in this swamp peacefully. One day all of the fairy tale creatures ever created arrived in his presence, and he was not happy because they would not leave. He asked where they came from and the admitted that Lord Farquaad sent them. Shrek then set off to confront Farquaad to get them off his property.
It has been more than 400 years since William Shakespeare wrote his last play. Although multiple eras have past, his work is still extremely valued and relevant today. Shakespeare's multiple plays and poems are continuously readapted into modern day movies, tv shows, books, and art. Not only is his work used for entertainment, it is considered one of the most staple forms of English education in schools around the world. Although it is widely common to see Shakespeare's relevance today as him just being the "best author to ever live", Shakespeare is actually most popular due to the characters he created, the timeless themes he incorporated into his work , and how they influence us today.
William Shakespeare has changed the English language and education. He has been credited with many books that are still studied and enjoyed by all ages. Shakespeare has also brought a new change in technology and modern culture. The works of William Shakespeare include elements that are both modern and traditional. His literature embodies an important educational foundation for adolescents. Lots of youth lack the knowledge of the importance of Shakespearean studies. The study of his classical and contemporary work helps in comprehending literature in our present culture. Shakespeare contributed in creating different forms of vocabulary and grammar that are still in common use centuries later. Words such as “amazement,” “dislocate,” “premeditated,” and “dexterously” were all created by Shakespeare. Shakespeare is also coined with creating modern day sayings and suffixes. Many different phrases such as “all’s well that ends well” and “break the ice” were all used in Shakespeare’s different stories and poems. He also began the use of new suffixes such as “ship,” “de,” and “ous.” Very few modern authors possess the talent to create their own new form of language as Shakespeare often did. Shakespeare has greatly changed our modern society in a positive way and impacted our ways of life and has been judged greatly throughout
Shakespeare has influenced the way we speak, express ourselves, and enriched the English language is many ways. “Shakespeare introduced nearly 3,000 words into the English language.” (Anderson) Our vocabulary is full of phrases or words from Shakespeare. Without Shakespeare, we would not express ourselves the way we do. “He gave us uniquely vivid ways in which to express hope and despair, sorrow and rage, love and lust.”(Kurlak) The words Shakespeare created are used everyday. “Many words and phrases from his plays and poems have become a common part of everyday speech.” (Popova) Words like addiction, amazement, generous, gloomy, gossip are all commonly used words were all created by and used in Shakespeare 's plays. The list of everyday words from Shakespeare is much larger with words like advertising, blanket, outbreak, and thousands more. “Without him, our vocabulary would be just too different.”(Harris ) As well as words, many of