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How To Read Literature Like A Professor

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Fraya King

on 16 October 2012

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Chapter 10: "It's More Than Just Rain or Snow How To Read Literature Like a Professor In this chapter, Foster emphasizes how weather is never just weather. Weather carries great symbolic meaning, and is constantly used in literature. Authors use rain, snow, sun, rainbows, and other forms of weather in a variety of ways to enhance the meaning of the story. For example, when an author uses a flood in his writing, it can be a biblical analogy to Noah’s Ark. People are always scared of drowning, so a flood brings with it fear and dread. The flood destroys everything in its path, but it also leads to a fresh start. -Rain can be used in a variety of ways
-Used to cleanse a character and to transform him. The cleanliness of the rain can wash away a character’s anger, confusion, or whatever the author chooses. An example of this is Hagar in Song of Solomon, when she tries to change her looks to impress her old lover, Milkman.

- Rain can also be restorative, and bring new growth to the world.
- Rain is often used ironically (death, more dirty than before) Rain In order to understand symbolism of rainbows, we first must discuss what a rainbow actually consists of.

Any ideas? Rainbows Snow can represent almost anything the author wants. Snow is plain, clean, harsh, unwelcoming, mischievous, suffocating, and even dirty after some time has passed. Snow can lead to death, or it can simply symbolize vast nothingness. Also, snow doesn’t discriminate between people; it acts as a unifier, falling upon both the living and the dead. This is representative of how all people are significant in their own way, and while the lives they live may differ, everyone is equal, and everyone dies. Snow See the pretty snowflakes
Falling from the sky;
On the wall and housetops
Soft and thick they lie.

On the window ledges,
On the branches bare;
Now how fast they gather,
Filling all the air.

Look into the garden,
Where the grass was green;
Covered by the snowflakes,
Not a blade is seen.

Now the bare black bushes
All look soft and white,
Every twig is laden,
What a pretty sight! Snow as seen in poetry The anonymous poem to the left is the perfect example of snow covering everything. As Foster said, snow does not discriminate. While the poem shows this literally, it can also have a symbolic meaning. For example, snow can represent equality because all men can be affected by weather. Snow covers both the graves of the dead and the man walking on the street, affects both the rich and poor, etc. Noah and Allie were separated for years, and the transition back into each others lives was difficult for both of them. In this scene, the rain cleanses them and allows them to be rid of any doubt that they were still in love. This realization, thanks to the cleansing rain, allowed them to be together again. The Notebook What do you think rain symbolizes? How about rainbows? Name one way that rain is used in novels. QUIZ! What can rainbows symbolize? Bonus: Name one example of a use of rainbows or rain that you have seen in movies, books, etc. THE END! Rainbows are used metaphorically to represent a divine pact, or peace between earth and heaven. In Noah’s Ark, God promised that he wouldn't flood the earth again by using a rainbow. Since rainbows are so extravagant, they are easy to see and they can be like the light at the end of a tunnel. After a great storm that causes lots of damage, a rainbow brings with it happiness and harmony. Another form of weather with great emblematic significance is fog. Fog brings about confusion, both literally and figuratively. Fog means that people can’t see or think clearly, and their level of comprehension becomes clouded. That's correct! When water, preferably rain, and sunlight meet, a rainbow is formed.
So what does this symbolize? Foster focuses especially on the fact that snow doesn’t discriminate; it acts as a unifier, falling upon both the living and the dead. This is representative of how all people are significant in their own way, and while the lives they live may differ, everyone is equal, and everyone dies.
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