How to Read Literature Like a Professor Dialect Journal

Topics: Metaphor / Pages: 9 (2134 words) / Published: Jan 4th, 2011
Reading Notes |Analysis | |
|CH 1 – “The quest consists of five things: (a)a quester, (b) a place |In this passage, the author is stating that all “quest” stories have |
|to go, (c) stated reason to go there, (d) challenges and trials en |the same basic outline. These five parts to a quest are essential for |
|route, and (e) a real reason to go there.” (pg. 3) |any story with a solid substance. |
|“The real reason for a quest is always self-knowledge.” (pg. 3) |The author says that the real underlying reason for any quest or |
| |mission is to find out more about yourself, not necessarily focus |
| |entirely on the quest. |
|“The real reason for a quest never involves the stated reason. In |This means that there is always a stated task, but the story is really|
|fact, more often than not, the quester fails at the stated task.” (pg.|about uncovering the real task. |
|3) | |

|CH – 2 “A cigar is just a cigar, but sometimes they are not.” (pg. 7) |This references to meals in literature. It says that a meal may just |
| |be a meal, or it could represent a bond between the people sharing the|
| |meal. |
|“The act of taking food into our bodies is so personal that we only do|If you et with someone, it’s a way of saying that I like you and we’re|
|it with people we’re very comfortable with.” (pg. 8) |forming a

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