Symbolism In How To Read Literature Like A Professor

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Ruben Alejandro Mrs. Mary Smith AP Literature 20 September 2017 How to read literature like a professor There’s a lot of literary techniques used in “How to read literature like a professor”. One of the techniques is symbolism. In chapter 12 it talks about someone walking on a road and they encounter two roads that diverge into the woods. There’s a road that everyone uses and then there’s one that almost no one uses and he decides to take that road for some reason. “Two roads diverged into a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”. To me this symbolizes freedom and decision making. Everyone has to make decisions in their lives ranging from what to eat during lunch to life changing decisions…show more content…
” Adam and Eve, the garden, the serpent, the forbidden fruit. Every story about the loss of innocence is really about someone’s private reenactment of the fall from grace, since we experience it not collectively but individually and subjectively”. One example is the Garden of Eden where women tempt men and cause their fall. The apple is used as a symbolic object of temptation and a serpent is used to tempt men to do evil, and a fall from innocence. The Flood shows rain as a form of destruction and then it shows rainbows as a promise of restoration. The Apocalypse: Four Horseman of the Apocalypse usher in the end of the world. Biblical names often draw a connection between literary character and Biblical characters. Crist is also used symbolically. A Christ figure is good with children, employed as a carpenter, believed to have walked on water, very forgiving, believed to have spent time alone in the wilderness, believed to have had a confrontation with the devil, possibly tempted, thirty-three years of age when last seen. “You may not subscribe to this list, may find it too glib, but if you want to read like a literature professor, you need to put aside your belief system, at least for the period during which you read, so you can see what the writer is trying to…show more content…
“So what’s special about rain? Ever since we crawled up on the land, the water, it seems to us, has been trying to reclaim us”. Rain symbolizes a lot of stuff. It symbolizes Fertility and Life. Rain is Clean which symbolizes a form of purification, baptism, removing sin or a stain. If the Rain is Restored it can bring a dying society back to life. Rain can also be destructive. It can causes pneumonia, colds, sickness, hurricanes, floods and other really dangerous stuff. Rain and Rainbows - God's promise never to destroy the world again brings hope; a promise of peace between heaven and earth. Snow which is also a type of water is used negatively. Snow creates cold and the cold can be really bad for people causing death, nothingness, inhospitable. Rain and snow are used so writers plot device, for atmospherics and to challenge characters. “How to read literature like a professor” gave out a lot of examples of symbolism used in stories, poems, and other types of
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