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How To Read Literature Like A Professor Chapter 19: Geography Matters

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Susan Sedlacko

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Transcript of How To Read Literature Like A Professor Chapter 19: Geography Matters

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli By: Erica E., Susan S., Rachel W., T.K. E. HTRLLAP Ch. 19: Geography Matters One of the first questions asked by every writer and reader is "Where does this story take place?" In literature, geography is not limited to places and landscapes, it can also include people, politics, history and culture. Basically, any element that is a part of a place or landscape makes up its geography. Direction is an important part of geography, it often indicates a characteristic of a character. For example, when a character goes south, they are often getting into trouble. In the work "In Praise of Limestone", geography can be used to convey a theme. "Geography can also define or even develop character." pg. 167 "It's place and space and shape that bring us ideas and psychology and history and dynamism. It's enough to make you read a map." pg 174 "It can be revelatory of virtually any element or the work." pg. 166 Example of Geography: The Lord of the Rings
Geography of the land and regions reflects the inhabitants who live there.
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