How To Read Literatue Like a Professor Theme Essay

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In How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster, the theme of chapter eleven is, that violence in literature has a further significance than just the act itself. Violence in literature can be symbolic, thematic, biblical, Shakespearean, Romantic, allegorical, or transcendent. Violence in literature could also be metaphorically translated. There are two categories of violence in literature: authorial violence and character on character violence both of which are found in the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer. In the beginning of the story, Thomas Schell, a New York resident, family store owner, husband and father, is killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. This tragedy is one of the many in this book that tugs at the reader’s heart strings. This specific accident was an example of authorial violence. The author incorporated this accident into the story to create the plot of the story. The plot of the story is based on Oskar’s father’s death. After Oskar finds the key in his father’s room he is determined to find the lock that belongs to it. Throughout the book he takes us through his eight month journey to finding this very key. Oskar uses the eight month plan to keep himself distracted from the pain he felt from his father’s death. The effects of the accident (violence) inflicted emotional pain and stress on people, especially his family. To cope with his loss, Oskar looks to diversions which include inventions, self-harming and the journey to find what the key he found in his father’s room unlocks. When he is lying in bed the night his father died he invents a tea kettle to read to him in his father’s voice so he could fall asleep to his father’s voice (pg.1). Not to say he did not invent things at all when his father was still alive but not as frequently as he did after the fact. “Being with him made
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