Rhetorical Analysis Of ' How Of Read Literature Like A Professor ' By Thomas C. Foster

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Ehren Lewis
Mrs. Mary Smith
Ap literature
20 September 2017
Analysis of Symbolism in”How to Read Literature Like a Professor” “How to read Literature like a Professor” by Thomas C. Foster is a very helpful book that goes over multiple literary strategies on how to read literature like a professor or someone with his literary skill. . With all of these literary strategies, symbolism is one that recurs frequently the throughout the entire book. Foster’s use of different techniques of symbolism help the reader understand different meanings behind what writers say. These techniques that Foster uses weather, from rain to fog, and the seasons. Weather and seasons are an amazing example of symbolism in literary works. In chapter 9, It’s
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Cleansing rain can symbolize a change in someone. This change can be symbolized as a mental awakening or change in a characteristic, big or small. Changes can include the way someone sees themself or society. Liekt the lady in “Song of Solomon”, her cleansing rain washed away her false ideal of beauty and left behind what beauty truly was. Cleansing rain can also symbolize becoming “stained”, or having a negative change in a characteristic. This is through cleansing rain making a puddle of mud created from this rain. Fog is also an event in weather that is symbolized. Fog symbolizes confusion or a clouded mind. Characters may say that they have a foggy memory, meaning they don 't remember something that previously happened. Fog can also confusion. This is seen through Scooby Doo, since a lot of the mysterious places that their gang visits re clouded by fog, symbolizing the mysteriousness in where their location. Floods and rain aren’t the only thing that is symbolized in weather, seasons also play an important role when trying to symbolize a literary piece. In chapter 20, … So Does Seasons, Foster talks about seasons and what they symbolize. To summarize, spring represents new life. Spring symbolizes youth and childhood. Summer represents adulthood, romance, fulfillment, etc… Autumn represents decline, middle age, and tiredness. Winter represent old age, death, and resentment. “Beauty and The Beast” shows what

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