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Chapter 22: He’s blind for a reason, you know.
Transcript of Chapter 22: He’s blind for a reason, you know.
In The Hunger Games,
Suzanne Collins does a wonderful job of adding important details in the beginning of the text, so that she can tie them off perfectly towards the end of the book. Foster does this as well. The mocking jay pin is similar to the blind characters in this chapter. If you don't understand the symbolism behind it, you won't comprehend the book.
Foster, Thomas C.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
. New York: Harper 2008. Print.
He's Blind for a Reason, You Know.
Chapter 22 discusses how students should pay attention to the smaller details and think of the reading figuratively, instead of literally; College students need to practice and improve this strategy in order to understand the reading without missing important information.
In the same sense that the man is blind, it is also commonly found in literature to have a symbol with a deeper meaning.
Thomas C. Foster
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
series, Harry has a scar on his forehead shaped like a lightning bolt. It is not just a scar, it represents the love his parents had for him and the power he posses because of it. Had you not known the story behind the scar, it would just be a mark on his forehead.
"If you want your audience to know something important about your character (or the work at large), introduce it early, before you need it." (205)
Don't Blink: Catching the Small Details
Literature is all about what you saw or failed to see while reading the book. These small details can make a normal story extraordinary. Read carefully, missing information can cause confusion in the story.
Blindness is often metaphorical in literature. It means that they fail to see the truth or reality of the situation.
It also brings irony; Sometimes the blind can see and the people with sight are blind.
The reason behind blinding the characters is for emotional purposes. It changes the perception the reader has on the character.
Oedipus and Tiresias
Oedipus murdered his father, married his mother, and had her children.
He is unaware that he is the criminal who committed this act, so a blind investigator named Tiresias is brought in.
Though Tiresias is blind, he is fully aware of the situation and convinces Oedipus that he is the criminal.
When Oedipus opens his eyes and sees what he has done, he literally blinds himself as punishment.