How to Read Literature like a Professor Literature has been a widely debated topic throughout centuries all over the world. In addition, reading literature properly is an emulated skill within the English community. Once the trade of understanding literature is mastered, reading become a beautiful experience. How to Read Literature like a Professor is a guide that shortens the pathway through reading and understanding. This meritorious literary selection provokes an aesthetic response because it challenges the reader to remember novels are not original, meaning, and structure.
The chapters cause readers to connect to books and movies that they have read and seen before. The novel, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio has many obvious connections to the book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor. When reading Wonder, readers can identify a questor, the importance
Most recently discussed is the narration, she also adds reflection, characterization and comic relief; that alternates in her writing as well as Anne’s. Prose does the same by dedicating a section of The Book to the comic interludes and analysis of Anne’s character descriptions. Prose explains matter further when she writes “if the characterization of the Van Pelses is a marvel of literary portraiture, the image of their son, Peter, is another matter. If Peter strikes us as an interesting character, a closer reading reveals that this is largely because he is lit by refracted glow of Anne’s interest” (112). In making this comment Prose shows both Anne’s and her own ability to share details that convey the audience.
In conclusion, by choosing a setting that reflects their own experiences and context, authors are able to write about the surroundings of the characters and the effect it has on the purpose and behaviour of the characters thereby captivating the readers’ attention. This is because the atmosphere of the story and how the surroundings of the characters are described greatly impacts the visualisation of the novel. In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer exposes how the setting influences the development of the protagonists’ internal conflicts by incorporating the atmosphere and illustration of both New York City and Dresden in the novel. Ultimately, authors’ experiences form the setting of their novel which in turn influences the
My Literary Journey When you are reading, the author includes lessons for the reader to discover and understand along the way. Some authors share their personal experiences with us. They can be either good or bad. If they are good they encourage us to pursue these experiences through hidden messages in the book. If they are bad they encourage us to not pursue these experiences through certain events that are expressed through the plot of the story.
In her report titled “Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer,” journalist Annie Murphy Paul claims that the experiences and mental capacities developed when one engages in deep reading, such as reading a novel, versus reading online are different. Murphy asserts that deep reading, such as reading fictional books, makes us socially and morally better. She presents evidence based on research in the field of cognitive science that concludes that deep reading, through its use of vivid details and elaborate plots, allows readers to be more empathetic to others and more understanding. Therefore, this essay will explore the differences and similarities between deep reading versus reading online, whether or not reading can make us smarter or
According to the article “Why Literature Matters” by Tim Gillespie “literature draws us in, submerges us into a story, and summons our imaginative power to identify with characters.” When reading literature, our minds are opened and we start to see into the story and imagine that what we are reading is happening in real life or to oneself. This realization of the story makes the reader a better person, because other ways of life are able to be imagined. The imagination that is uncovered when reading is unexplainable, and everyone’s imagination from reading literature is different. Also, in the article “Disturbing (or Not?)
Wuthering Heights George Eliot once wrote, “All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.” In the novel, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, based upon the way the narration appears throughout the novel, it influences readers to view the novel how Bronte wanted. When one reads a book, they don't typically go against the author, or her literary traits, because it was written to be interpreted a certain way, which is why Bronte used opinionated narrators as she did. Throughout the novel Bronte influences readers to interpret her view through the use of narration within Lockwoods anger, Nelly’s care, and Nellys mysterious side to create an overall theme of suffrage. Bronte strongly influences readers to feel and interpret
In the paper, “Significant Themes in 19th Century Literature” written by two English professors they talk about themes and ideas used during the time period. One that stood out was the themes in women’s work. Professors Jocker and Mimno explains how women were more likely to write about. Those topics where natural beauty, sorrows, facial features, and affection. Whereas males would be more inclined to write about violence in their works (Jokers).
Authors use figurative language to engage their readers and make their story more convincing or interesting. Authors also use it to help add mood fluency and imagery to their books. For example, in Ender’s game the author uses figurative language a lot to help the reader understand and help picture what 's going on in the scenes. The author uses metaphors, and hyperboles to create vivid images. The author use these literary devices to enhance the novel.
Thomas C. Foster states in his book How to Read Literature Like a Professor, that there are three main items to understanding literature. The first item is memory; Memory helps a reader connect works of literature with other experiences as a way of possibly better understating the writing at hand. Symbolism is the second item noted by Foster. Symbolism can be used to open a readers mind to the big picture being painted. Not all works of literature are as complicated, as to where symbolism is splattered through the pages.
The Synopsis that I gathered from Haas and Flowers’ “Rhetorical Reading Strategies and the Construction of Meaning” was none the less another interesting read. Experienced readers might come to understand that both reading and writing can be “context-rich, situational, and have constructive acts”. Though a large number of students may find reading and writing more or less to be an exchange of valued or non-valued information. Continuing on, multiple studies that have been conducted have also found that on average 77 percent of experienced readers tend to use content strategies to expand their knowledge of the reading. These strategies usually include vigorous annotations of the reading/writing that have been shown to improve the readers/writers’ comprehension of the material.
Journal Entry #1: Why Read? In the essay, “Why Read?” the author illustrates the meaning of reading and the benefits reading brings through the roles readers may play. To begin, the first task of readers discussed in this piece is to preserve literature’s content.
“After the primarily necessities of food and raiment, freedom is the first and strongest want of human nature (Mill).” It was common to have married women who viewed their marriage as a cage. Because is still expected of a woman at this time, it makes since to feel as though its only obligation. Louisa Mallard completely alters her attitude about her husband’s death once she’s grasp the reality of her new entitlement to freedom.