How To Read Literature Like a Professor Assignment
Chapter One- Every Trip Is a Quest (Except when It's Not)
In literature, a quest has 5 aspects. They are: our quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, challenges and trials, and the real reason to go. In Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, our quester is Huckleberry Finn himself. Huckleberry Finn is unhappy with his life, and the way everyone is trying to make him be. He seeks adventures. A place to go is Jackson’s Island. After running away, Huckleberry plans to live in Jackson’s island, but plans change and eventually he finds himself heading down the Mississippi River with Jim. The stated reason to go there is that Huckleberry wants to escape the society that wants to civilize him. Challenges and Trials that Huckleberry encounters include Huckleberry having to travel down the river without anybody realizing that he has a runaway slave with him. In addition, he is “dead” so he can’t tell anybody who he really is. Lastly, the real reason to go is that Huckleberry is learning about moral choices and responsibilities. This trip soon becomes a spiritual journey, where Huckleberry makes decisions that go against what his society tells him is right. Instead he listens to what he considers is best.
Chapter Eight- Hanseldee and Greteldum
Fairy tales are something most of us are very familiar with. Which is why when we read another work of literature, we can find elements from fairy tales fairly easy. For example, in, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, there are many fairy tale elements. Miss Havisham for instance, has fairy godmother qualities when she is first introduced into the story. This leads us to believe that she is the one who gave Pip his fortune, and also that she has good intentions for Pip. However, towards the end of the story, we find out that this is not the case.
Chapter Ten- It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow
Weather in literary...
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