How to Read Literature Like a Professor Summary for Each Chapter

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Chapter 1 - "Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It's Not)" Summary · A quest includes five things: a quester, place to go, stated reason to go there, challenges and trials on the way, and a real reason to go there · The real reason for any quest is self-knoledge · As a quest goes on, the stated reason to go on the trip will slowly disappear until you forget about it completely to focus in on the new, real reason the questor is on this trip · Stay away from the words "always" and "never" when composing a literary study · Sometimes going somewhere can just be to get a character from point A to point B · One should always be on the lookout to see if a trip involves any makings of a quest Connection: In Sue Mont Kidd's Secret Life of Bees, Lily the main character leaves her home to get to Tiburon, South Carolina. Why is she going? To get away from her father. Why Tiburon? It's the only place she knows her mother has a connection to. It just seems like a trip, but as her journey developes, Lily finds women who were like sisters to her mother (holy grail). at the end of the story though, she forgives herself for past wrongs and finds a happiness inside her that she shares with those around her. Chapter 2 - "Nice to Eat With You: Acts of Communion Summary · Typically dining with others is an act of communions with greater importance · Communion should be taken with an open mind, having nothing to do with religous communion or even Christian orientation, since many religions have some sort of mass gathering · We only dine, or break bread, with those we are close with or signifivantly care about · Other examples use communion to break mental barriers, in the likes of Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" (1983), which shows a blind man eating food just like the surrounding party can allow a man to overcome his prejudice towards inferior people, but again through
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