How To Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas C. Foster Essay

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How to Read Literature Like A Professor
In the skillful novel, "How To Read Literature Like A Professor" by Thomas C. Foster, there is neither a protagonist nor antagonist. As a whole, the novel gives insights on how to pick up signs of symbolism, irony, and many other hidden details that are buried within the words of literature. Foster refers to many classis novels by classic authors to demonstrate the use of logic in writing. The novel is extremely educational, leaving many insightful questions and interpretations to the reader's opinion.
After reading the opening chapters, I was surprised by the laid back, casual attitude Foster displayed. He did not go about explaining certain aspects of previously written novels in a way that was
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Foster keeps the reader interested in reading. He broadened my horizon on the variety of fantastic novels that the world has to offer. He hints that there are millions of other things to discover about novels, secrets hidden in the code of words, and it is up to the readers to crack it. It was a great way to end a great novel.
Foster made few, if any, errors when writing this novel. There are few things I would change, because this novel is great in almost every way. However, one of the things I was not crazy about was the way Foster repeated himself numerous times. While it did somewhat help, hearing things over, it did start to become boring, making it easy to lose attention. For instance, Foster gave endless examples about how no modern work of literature is original; meaning it all is derived from literature that has already been written. These examples could be helpful, however, all of the examples were similar, which was not anymore helpful than merely using one example. Another change Foster could have made would have been referring to a more wide variety of books. The same few books were mentioned numerous times. This was a good and bad thing. First of all, referring to the same books helped identify with them easier. On the other hand, it made me want to learn about something different. It gave the novel a level of…