Thomas Foster How To Read Literature Like A Professor Summary

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Bryant Young
Mrs. Mary Smith
AP Literature
20 September 2017
How to Read Literature like A Professor: Analysis
Thomas C. Foster in ‘How to Read Literature like a Professor’, references the different literary devices that authors use in literature, in order to enhance the reader’s ability to critically analyze literature from any time period. Foster expands the reader’s understanding of literature by exploring the profound impact of symbols and common themes on literature.
Thomas Foster first asserts the significance of symbols and common themes in literature with countless examples from key writers and texts. Foster’s list of examples to support this begins with William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s contribution to literature, through timeless writing, themes and symbols, is limitless. Foster argues the pervasiveness of Shakespeare’s work by first illustrating the profound and lasting impact of his work on culture (books, music, movies, plays, etc.) and society as a whole. The Bard’s influence begins with direct remakes and indirect spin-offs of his comedies and tragedies: Romeo and Juliet (done hundreds of times), Paul Mazursky’s remake of modern version of ‘The Tempest’ (named ‘Tempest’), Woody Allen’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy’ (modern spin-off of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’), numerous ‘Hamlet’ films, and much, much more. Beyond the reworks, though, Shakespearean themes influence nearly all literature in one way or another, and quotes from any of his works are
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