The fourth chapter of How to Read Literature is “Interpretation,” which happened to be the longest chapter of this book. Eagleton gave the reader a very well-known example of the poem, "Baa, baa, black sheep.” He presented his argument, in this case, his literary theory in a quite interesting way. Eagleton pointed out that you can’t write with any interpretation. His argument for the chapter was that the work you write much be true, depending on the context. It is understood that interpretations will happen now and then, but you must not allow the narrative to be so ignorant and biased to one meaning. Like the rest of the chapters in the book, Eagleton used a book to give an example. The chapter allowed the reader to realize that works being
just be spending a semester reading my favorite childhood books to learn about the process of constructing a children’s book. I never would have thought that I would learn so much about how to analyze literature and choose books that would develop the cultural understanding of a child. Also, I didn’t realize how much I would have learned about my own experiences reading books. Everything I learned from this class I hope that I can apply to my everyday life.
One key thing that I learned was the idea….
In “How to Read Literature like a Professor” Foster conveys new insight to books and movies. He explains about literature that isn’t just on the surface. He explains how the author chooses the correct season to put the movie in. Foster talks about the true meaning of flight. He also tells of what water means.
The movie The Longest Ride connects with chapter 20. The movie is set at the end of summer about to be the start of summer. An art student, Sophia, is about to graduate from college and….
In Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Chapter 12 is dedicated to symbols, and how they are not concrete. Symbolism is all about interpretation, which makes them difficult to understand. Foster says the most difficult thing about symbolism is that everyone wants to have one concrete answer. He argues that symbolism has multiple gray areas, and a majority of people confuses symbolism with allegories. Allegories are things that stand for one certain thing.
Foster states that….
How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Thomas C. Foster) Notes Introduction Archetypes: Faustian deal with the devil (i.e. trade soul for something he/she wants) Spring (i.e. youth, promise, rebirth, renewal, fertility) Comedic traits: tragic downfall is threatened but avoided hero wrestles with his/her own demons and comes out victorious What do I look for in literature? - A set of patterns - Interpretive options (readers draw their own conclusions but must be able to support it) - Details ALL….
In the interlude and the eleventh chapter of Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster analyzes the different effects violence has in literature. Firstly, Foster distinguishes that there are two different types of violence in literature. The first form of violence is when a specific injury is brought upon a character by themselves or another character through “shootings, stabbings, garrotings, drownings, poisonings, bludgeonings, bombings” and other harmful means (96). Contrasting….
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….
Chapter 3 - Nice To Eat You: Acts of Vampires
-Ghosts and vampires are never only about ghosts and vampires. There’s a thin line between the ordinary and the monstrous.
-Sex: Evil, lust, seduction, temptation, danger. Evil has been related to sex ever since the serpent tempted Eve.
-Exploitation: using other people to get what we want, placing our desires above others. Vampires and other figures are used where someone grows by weakening someone else.
How To Read Literature Like A Professor
Memory, symbol, and pattern all affect literature in different ways. When reading literature, it’s a wonderful asset to have a good memory and use that whenever you can. If you remember something you read from a novel two months ago and then apply that knowledge to an essay, your writing style and essay will improve greatly with such great examples. Symbol affects the way you read literature because when you recognize something symbolic….
AP Literature and Composition
19 Aug 2012
Observations for How to Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas C. Foster
Introduction: How’d He Do That?
1. Literature has a set of codes and rules, a set of conventions and patterns.
2. Conventions are used, observed, anticipated, and then fulfilled.
3. The three things that differentiate a professional reader from those less experienced are: memory, symbol and pattern.
4. A “Faustian bargain” is like making….
Chapters five of ' how to read literature like a professor' tells us that ; nothing is original, that everything is taken from something that has previously been told of a or wrote about. The road by Cormac McCarthy abides by this. When i was in the eight grade I read The Picture of Dorian Grey, When i was in the ninth grade i read The Twilight Saga, and last week i read Fifty Shades of Grey. All three of the listed books are derived from one another , in all three….