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How To Read Literature Like A Professor

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
Chapter Reflections

Introduction: How’d He Do That?
* How do memory, symbol, and pattern affect the reading of literature? How does the recognition of patterns make it easier to read complicated literature? Discuss a time when your appreciation of a literary work was enhanced by understanding symbol or pattern.
* When reading literature: memory, symbol, and pattern help you understand the text better. If you don’t comprehend literature, then you won’t know the real meaning behind that passage. But that’s why memory, symbol, and pattern come in to help. I think the recognition of patterns make it easier to read ...view middle of the document...

They were saving up money to go to Paradise Falls one day, until his wife died. Carl still wanted to keep his promise to his wife, so he tied a bunch of balloons to his house, and went out of his way to Paradise Falls.
(d) Challenges and trials en route: When Carl was lifting up into the air, a little kid named Russell somehow got on it. Carl was a grumpy old man so he didn’t let Russell come in at first. But after a few minutes he let him in. Another challenge that Carl had to go through was having to take care of Russell as well, especially after Russell found a rare bird. Also, when Carl and Russell met Charles Muntz, it was not what they expected. Muntz turned out to be evil.
(e) A real reason to go there: Carl’s real reason to go there was for his promise to his wife. Things definitely didn’t go the way he planned and things didn’t turn out the way he expected it to. But at least Carl reached Paradise Falls, and I think he was proud of that as well.
Chapter 2 – Nice to Eat With You: Acts of Communion
* Choose a meal from a literary work and apply the ideas of Chapter 2 to this literary depiction.
* Communion is a way of saying, “I’m with you, I like you, and we form a community together.” People would only eat dinner with someone that they are comfortable with. That’s the importance about food. Any meal would represent sharing and peace. But at times, it could be considered a bad thing. An example I can come up with is when Snow White ate the apple a strange looking old woman just decided to give to her. Snow White didn’t even trust her but she still took a bite from the apple anyways. Little did she know that the apple was poisonous and she was put into a deep sleep.
Chapter 3 – Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires
* What are the essentials of the Vampire story? Apply this to a literary work you have read or viewed.
Chapter 4 – If It’s Square, It’s a Sonnet
* Select three sonnets and show which form they are. Discuss how their content reflects the form. (Submit copies of the sonnets, marked to show your analysis. You may scan them or use your phone to take clear pictures.)
Chapter 5 – Now, Where Have I seen Her Before?
* Define intersexuality. Discuss three examples that have helped you in reading specific works.
Chapter 6 – When in Doubt, It’s from Shakespeare…
* Discuss a work that you are familiar with that alludes to or reflects Shakespeare. Show how the author uses this connection thematically. Read pages 44-46 carefully. In these pages, Foster shows how Fugard reflects Shakespeare through both plot and theme. In your discussion, focus on theme.
Chapter 7 -- …Or the Bible
* Read “Araby”. Discuss Biblical allusions that Foster does not mention. Look at that example of the “two great jars.” Be creative and imaginative in these connections.
Chapter 8 – Hanseldee and Greteldum
* Think of a work of literature that reflects a fairy tale. Discuss the parallels. Does it create irony...

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