How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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How to Read Literature like a Professor In the book, How to Read Literature like a Professor, Foster goes through the many ways to read literature not through a story line, but by explaining how every story is somehow based on another story. Each chapter focused on one literary device, or commonly used symbolism. In my opinion, the chapters were presented in the order of simplest to hardest to understand. I learned something new in each chapter of this book by the way Foster explains literature through his use of rhetorical devices. In Chapter one, Foster explains the symbolic reasoning of why a character takes a trip. He explains how they don't just take a trip but instead they are on a quest. Structure wise, a quest has a quester, a place to go, a reason to go there, challenges and conflicts through his or her journey. The quest also involves the character to gain self-knowledge out of going on this adventure. Chapter two discusses the symbolism that takes place while characters are eating a meal together. Foster states that when people eat together it is saying, "I'm with you, I like you, we form a community together." The meal also shows how people feel about one another. The meal can show whether one likes or dislikes someone. In Chapter three, Foster explains how vampirism isn't always about vampires. Vampirism is a characteristic a character can portray, such as selfishness, taking advantage of, and rudeness. Chapter four tells about how sonnets are formed and how to identify a sonnet. Sonnets are in the shape of a square and they always have 14

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