Journal Entries - Ap English; How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Foster

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Journal Entries; AP Eng
Ch: 1
In the first chapter of his book, Foster lays out the conventions for a quest, stating that in most literature, modern and classic, "every trip is a quest." the novel "the Help" by Kathryn Stockett is not perhaps seen by the unaware reader to be a quest, however as it details a journey, it can in actuality be broken down into the conventions Foster cleverly recognized: every journey or trip a story embarks upon follows a pattern, and that pattern is a quest.
The first component of a quest is the hero, the character – often central to the story – who makes a difference for the other characters, and often makes a great change in themselves through the experience of the quest. Skeeter is a principle
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This corruption is the first of many terrible assaults involving Tess, and it can be understood that this first misfortune caused the others in a cascading domino affect.
Alec can be compared to a vampire for his powerful dominance to drain the life out of the victim Tess with his violating actions, much like vampires of other 19th century novels. Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" is an example of Foster's points on vampiric symbolism, allegory, and, in this case representation being present in literature beyond fantasy fiction.

Ch 5
Chapter 5 contains Foster's assertion that literature traditionally borrows from past literature, providing characters that are partial to whole reflections of classic or previously-seen characters. The author may do this intentionally or accidentally, but Foster explains that unavoidably characters repeat themselves. Children's author David Almond wrote the fictional novel "Skellig", which draws heavily on William Blake's book of poetry "Songs of Innocence" ("Innocence.")
"Innocence" is a collection of poems about nature, birds, childhood, and specifically events concerning a young boy and girl growing up together and experiencing a conventional childhood: playing outside and learning about nature. "Skellig" borrows much from Blake's poetic characters by depicting a young boy…