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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Chapters 14, 18, 19

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Transcript of How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Chapters 14, 18, 19

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Chapters 14, 18, 19, & 20
Chapter 14 :
Yes, She's a Christ Figure Too
We live in a Christian culture, so many books you read will have some connection to some type of religion.
No matter what your religion is, it's important to know something about the New/Old Testament, or any other religion depending on what you're reading, so you get the most out of what you read.
We all know some things that make Christ who he is: - crucified - walk on water - buried but arose from the dead - forgiving - self-sacrificing
No Christ figure will ever resemble Christ exactly
You must use your imagination to see all of the possibilities, or that figure will just be another character.
Chapter 18: If She Comes Up, It's Baptism
Baptism has 3 stages: death, rebirth, new identity
Heraclitus - "One cannot step into the same river twice."
Heraclitus uses a river to represent the change over time
Drowning can be a form of baptism
Every drowning serves its own purpose
Character revelation, plot development or denouement, thematic development of violence, anger, or guilt
Noah's flood
Styx River
Chapter 19: Geography
Matters...
First question asked when going on vacation:
where?
Geography effects all aspects of the story
Some authors use the same location repetitively, while some change with every story
Geography can be incorporated into the theme and plot of the story
It is sometimes a symbol
Poetry shows the beauty of any nature while focusing mainly on the people in the poem
When characters travel south, it's so they can run amok
Chapter 20
...So Does Season
Christ Figure Indicators:
at least 33 years old
unmarried, preferably celibate
wounded/marked in the hands, feet, or side
sacrificing yourself in some way
in some sort of wilderness
There is a basis for drawing a conclusion if you see any indicators.
Literary Examples
Examples
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Old Man and the Sea
"The Fall of the House of Usher"
The land could be the enemy
Going After Cacciato
The Old Man and the Sea.
- Not every Christ figure has to be as clear as Santiago.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
- Aslan, the lion, is a Christ figure.
Book References
Toni Morrison - Song of Solomon, Beloved
D.H Lawrence - The Horse Dealer's Daughter
Judith Guest - Ordinary People
Louise Erdrich - Love Medicine
Season has a coorelation with mood
Spring - childhood and youth
Summer - adulthood and romance, fulfillment and passion
Autumn - decline, middle age and tiredness, also harvest
Winter: old age, resentment, death
Daisy Miller
Daisy - American, young, fresh, direct, open
Frederic Winterbourne - slighly older, worldly, emotionally closed
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