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

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Xander Carrasco Mrs. Mary Smith AP Literature 6 21 September 2017 How to Read Literature like a Professor The book, How to Read Literature like a Professor, was written by the well-known author, Thomas C. Foster, with a purpose to further educate readers who wish to better their understanding of literature and analysis strategies. Major focuses of Thomas C. Foster was to aid or train readers to recognize, patterns, symbolism, foreshadowing, etc. Throughout the work, Foster cites other pieces of fiction or classics in order to further his own arguments made on the approach of reading analysis. This work has proven to be extremely educational to readers, used as a reference in order to achieve their own analytical studies through the techniques …show more content…

Foster had also described that, “What the cave symbolizes will be determined to a large extent by how the individual reader engages the text.” Through this Foster had shown the variations of symbolism in a work and the availability of the “symbols to be interpreted in different ways depending on the mindset of the reader. In relation to this concept, Foster had also described the way in which a reader should read the passages through the authors eyes, not their own. Due to the fact that when reading personal emotion and thought, the pieces written by the author may not be interpreted in the way intended to. This leads to the examples used in which a cave in a story is understood in different …show more content…

This typically being that of a moral or political piece, such as a parable or a metaphor. Foster had also included a large section depicting allegory and using it in such ways as an example for symbolism. In reference to John Bunyan’s work, The Pilgrim’s Process, Foster had used it to represent a thought, theme, or idea in relation to the religion and journeys discussed. He had used the Christian man to represent the seeking of truth of Christianity. This representation is used as imagery for the readers to search for when reading novels using Thomas C. Foster’s tools and informational uses of

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