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How to Read Literature Like a Professor - ch. 19-20, second interlude

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Cassandra Albrecht

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Geography and Seasons How To Read Literature Like a Professor
Chapter 19-20, Second Interlude crucial to story
reflect the mood or theme
develop a character
become a character or plot device new beginnings and rebirth childhood and youth When a story takes place during the year can be as important as where it occurs. adulthood
romance
passion fulfillment
not a period of change nice weather
clear skies
hot
also storm season SEASONS SPRING Flowers
nature
warming up growth of new things
life restarts from winter SUMMER AUTUMN WINTER weather cooling
changing of leaves
days shortening decline
middle age
tiredness harvest
reap benefits or punishments cold
short days
snow and ice
no plants old age
resentment
death Interlude: One Story Characters, themes, settings, and
many other aspects
in literature overlap. It's almost impossible to create a purely original work -- even the ancient Egyptians complained that all the good stories were already written. But rather than seeming trite, these resemblances add depth to the story. Intertextuality: everything in novels, plays, poetry, television, movies, and more is connected. Archetype - pattern of literature which gains strength with use In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry allows Voldemort to kill him because he wants to destroy the Horcrux inside him and save the world. This resembles Jesus' willingness to die on the cross in order to absolve all sins. Geography Matters... When we think about geography, what comes to mind? Mountains,
Oceans,
Deserts When characters go South in books, it is also significant. "When writers send characters South, it's so they can run amok." Either the character will learn something new about themselves because of the change in geography, or they will find something within themselves that they hadn't noticed yet. At low altitude, it is dirty with swamps, fog, unpleasantness and darkness, but it is also more connected with people and crowds Geography can allude to the theme or mood of the novel... It can define or develop a character But literary geography contains so much more! Geography is about politics, history, and economics. It has a lot to do with people. Geography in literature can be just the setting of a place. But it is also anything that a place can impose on people. For example, a small town can limit a character, while wide open spaces can set them free Geography can even become a character- it can become the enemy people fight against At altitude, there is purity (snow, thin air, clear views), but also isolation and difficulty with life and death The SOUTH! But how does this relate to what we've read? The Hunger Games!! In the Hunger Games, katniss lives in a coal mining town. Geography anyone? The coal mining town is bleak and the citizens are in poverty. Coal in and of itself is a dirty material that can only be found underground. Therefore, this symbolizes that the town (District 12) is repressed, like the coal is underground. There are also fences surrounding the town which provides a trapped feel to District 12. This fence becomes Katniss' enemy, as she is not allowed to become bigger than the boundaries. She is skilled at hunting but has to do it in secret instead of showcasing her talent. Katniss eventually escaped District 12 through the Hunger Games and goes to the Capitol. Here, there is more freedom of expression and her talents are supposed to be put to the test. The change in geography changes how she acts and feels. The seasons' importance is demonstrated in. . . The evil White Witch controls Narnia, making it a perpetual winter. C.S.Lewis even makes a point to note the fun parts of winter such as the holidays are gone. Shows the oppressed nature of Narnia, where nothing can bloom or grow because winter dominates. Once Lucy , Edmund, Susan and Peter come to Narnia the winter begins to end and turn into spring. The spring represents the new beginning for Narnia and the hope the children bring. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Readers can make connections between works and therefore deepen their understanding of the text. THE END! This comparison helps portray Harry as a selfless, Messiah-esque figure and adds depth to his character...because there wasn't enough already...
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