How to Read Literature like a Professor
Chapter 1: We learn the basics of a quest in a book or novel. The author says a quest can be any kind of journey. He uses a kid, named Kip, who runs to the store to pick up some bread for his parents. Along the way he sees the girl he asked out, a bully named Troy, and his ’68 ‘Cuda. When we hear or read the word “quest”, we think of an epic hero coming from a faraway land, who faces an obstacle, trials, a protagonist, and love story. To have a quest you must have: (a) a quester, (b), a place to go, (c) a stated reason to go, (d) Challenges and trials, (e) a real reason to go there. For Example: In Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief. (a) the quester is Percy Jackson, (b) Hades Realm, (c) so he can free his mother from his clutches and prove he didn’t steal Zeus’s lightning bolt , (d) He battle a god, goes on mini quest, and getting used to being the son of Poseidon. Chapter 2: In this chapter he talks about the act of eating as a group in a book. In most books we read. We usually see the characters bond, talk about a trouble past, talk about future plans, or some other purpose. Basically food in a book/movie means: loyalty, kinship, desire, and sex/sexuality. We see this every time we see a hero or group of them eat. Not all of them at once, but maybe 1, or 2. We also go out to eat on dates to tell people about ourselves. Chapter 3: We learn about ghost and vampires which according to him, ghost and vampires are nothing like that. They usually represent the selfishness, exploration, and the refuse to accept ones free will or choice. It’s usually the Mr. Hyde of the human side, in which we have a big nasty monster controlling us. They also represent older figures such as: a Mom or Dad that control their child with strict dominance, and our full of corruption and they strip the innocence always of a child. The author points out that this cannibalism, in which, the parents grow as they weaken their child. Chapter4: This one was rather about poetry, and a sonnet. We learned that a sonnet is a: a) 8 octaves,
b) 6 parts.
The two parts are connected in a way. The lines and stanzas are very befitting to a sonnet, but the poem has a very gracious meaning through the lines and stanzas. The sonnet’s form benefits the poems meaning a whole bunch. Chapter 5: The author explains about making connections in books to other books, or books in the series to the next book. The author drops little hints as you read and momentary moves you forward in which we all should throughout the books we read. If we compare a new books text to an old books text we get a certain dialogue. Chapter 6: Shakespeare is probably one of the best writers of all time. With famous lines like, “I dip my thumb and something wicked this way comes.”, or “To be or not be is the question.” We can learn a lot from his writing, and he is basically saying think like Shakespeare. Chapter 7: The author says most books are like the bible. The hero takes a great fall at times and loses his innocents once something happens to him. He says biblical situations are more common in books than the bible titles themselves. He goes on and says four horses means apocalypse; Pale rider= death. Allusions are also a part of the bible and help the character focus on his religious beliefs. Chapter 8: The author uses the world “metonymy” which means one part is to stand for a whole. Usually stories about lost children who encounter creepy strangers means a form familiarity on the children’s part. It’s a sort of a temptation in a way. Usually the stranger offers the kid candy or something along the lines of that. They kids knows they should accept it, but he does any way and gets himself into a predicament. Chapter 9: Myths is what this chapter is about. He talks about what makes a myth a myth. Most of time a myth will be about: protecting ones family, maintaining dignity, returns home and stays faithful. Those are...
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