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HTLLP: Geography Matters... So Does Seasons

Winn H. Jake B.
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Winn Hermanski

on 9 October 2012

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Transcript of HTLLP: Geography Matters... So Does Seasons

Jake B Winn H. Geography Matters... So Does Season Foster says that every story is like a vacation. When you go on vacation, the most important aspect is the "where". That is why authors use different seasons and geography to portray different moods and ideas. Chapter Summary From the Book Examples What does it mean when an author sends a character south? What are some of the roles of geography in literature and what are some of its effects? Writer's personal geography affects the geography that they write about. Author's know about the geography they live in, and it is easier for someone to write about things they know. So the Geography that the author lives in, gives them the information for the geography in their writing. How can a writer's personal geography inform his/her work?
Spring (youth) = fertility, life, happiness, growth, resurrection (Easter)

Summer (adulthood)= romance,passion, fulfillment and love

Fall (middle age)= decline, harvest (both real and metaphorical), both rewards (harvest) and punishments (nearing death)

Winter (death)= hate and anger

Christmas=childhood, birth, hope, family What are the symbolic meanings of seasons? Outside the Book Because of Winn-Dixie Naomi, Florida is a sleepy town with very little geographic significance (flat land and dirt). The setting is as such to represent the introverted nature of the community. Opal and Winn-Dixie help to break this trend and bring the townspeople together. Example of Role of Geography:

Low Lands (usually negative)- Swamps, fog, darkness, fields, heat, strangers, life and death, tunnel, labyrinths, jungles,danger and confusion High lands (both positive and negative)-clear views, thin air, ice, snow, purity, isolation, life and death

Ex: Human in Love. Low-lands of England to Tyrol. In search of trouble, but also due to curiosity

Sunshine in the south- curious and dangerous political and philosophical ideas

Going south is digging into the characters darkest fears and desires

"going amuck" is how Foster described a character's journey southward Effects: set a mood

Aids in plot, symbolism, theme

Define and develop a character Example: "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson. The book is set in Sweden during the winter. The brisk cold and gloomy skies represent the challenges to come for the main character, Mikael Blomkvist. Death, rape, and murder all soon follow the harsh winter days. Napoleon Symphony The book is about how Russia defeated Napoleon in 1812. It takes place in Russia during Winter. The severity of the Russian Winter is what ultimately defeats Napoleon's army. Works Cited

"Because of Winn-Dixie TRAILER - YouTube."
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.. Youtube, n.d. Web. 8 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avWH7T4F2RU>.

Foster, Thomas C.. How to Read Literature Like a
Professor:. New York: Harper Collins, 2003. Print.
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