Summary Of How To Read Literature Like A Professor By Thomas Foster

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In How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, the ideas from chapter 7: “Hansel and Gretel” can be directly related to the novel. This chapter of the novel solely relates to the fairy tale aspects of literature, and how they have been repeatedly re used.
In the strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde, it seems to have a concept of a work that had been created earlier during the Victorian era. The author Thomas Foster says “Literature grows out of other Literature”. (Foster 53) In this case it seems true. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein a young man who comes from a rich background who wants to revolutionize the world by trying to by trying to revive the dead. His ambitions got the best of him, and when he created the …show more content…

What you’ve got in this hypothetical tale is a fairly dramatic setup that’s already fraught with possibility” (Foster 59) Here Foster is just stating the obvious and saying that a fairy tale can have all different turnouts and it doesn’t not have to just have one particular ending. For example in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the author could have switched the ending in order to avoid Hyde/Jekyll killing himself, but instead he decided to go the short route and ended up killing him by committing suicide. Another form of Fairy tales that can be used to describe the novel is the whole set of Dr. Jekyll being able to create something as evil as Hyde. Fairy tales are settings that are created using your imagination as said by foster and he even uses examples such as “Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Narnia”. All these have similarities with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde because the situations that occurred in the novel could never occur in real life. The transformation using scientific explorations is similar to Frankenstein who created his monsters using black science in order to do something …show more content…

Also it makes the fairy tale Ironic because later in the novel he’s doing the same walk as normal, but finds something interesting when he spots Jekyll who disappears minutes after speaking to

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