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Literary Analysis: Memory, Symbols, and Patterns

Literary Analysis: Memory, Symbols, and Patterns

Literary analysis helps us understand a text by looking at memory, symbols, and patterns.

  • Memory: Connecting current readings to previous literary experiences to compare characters.
  • Symbols: Identifying elements that represent something else in the story.
  • Patterns: Recognizing recurring details that reveal deeper insights about characters and themes.

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STENDHAL

"A novel is a mirror walking down the road."

STENDHAL

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The Quest Structure

The Quest Structure

The tale of a quest is a common underlying structure for countless stories.

Quest Elements:

  • A quester
  • A destination
  • A stated reason to go
  • Challenges along the journey
  • A revelation

Universal Structure:

The quest structure, adaptable to different characters and settings, reveals the deeper meaning behind the journey. This universality of structure and symbols in literature connects us all, making our reading experience more engaging and meaningful.

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HOMER

"It's the journey that matters, not the destination."

HOMER

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Intertextuality in Literature

Intertextuality in Literature

All books borrow ideas from other books, creating a web of connections that enhances our reading experience.

Intertextuality: The interaction between texts, where one book references or draws upon another.

Examples: "West Side Story" is a modern take on "Romeo and Juliet," while Woody Allen's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" nods to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Universal Messages: Authors explore universal themes and messages about the human condition through intertextual references.

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JOHN DONNE

 "No man is an island, entire of itself; every book is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

JOHN DONNE

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The Power of Symbols

The Power of Symbols

Beyond just words, symbols can reveal hidden meanings in stories.

What are Symbolic Elements?

They stand for big ideas which shape a story's meaning.

The Mississippi River in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" represents both peril and liberty.

To avoid censorship and express sensitive themes, symbols have been a powerful tool throughout history.

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WILLIAM H. GASS

"The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words."

WILLIAM H. GASS

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The Power of Setting

The Power of Setting

The setting of a story creates an atmosphere that shapes how we perceive the characters and their journey.

The seasons can be symbolic, with each representing a different stage of life - spring for youth and renewal, summer for passion, autumn for aging, and winter for death.

An example of this is seen in "Hotel du Lac" by Anita Brookner, where the late September setting of a resort acts as a reflection of the protagonist's life.

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JANET BURROWAY

"A story's setting is not merely a backdrop for action; it is an active participant in the narrative."

JANET BURROWAY

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The Power of Irony

The Power of Irony

Irony is when the unexpected happens instead of what we expect. It's a powerful tool that can surprise and communicate ideas in unique ways.

🎭 Irony can open our minds to new perspectives and deepen our understanding of the text, adding an intriguing twist to our reading experience. ⚡️

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GEORGE SAUNDERS

"Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up."

GEORGE SAUNDERS

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Actionable Advice: Take a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

Actionable Advice: Take a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

Broaden your horizons and deepen your understanding by researching before reading a book from a different time or place. But don't forget that your own perspective is valuable too - read closely and connect with the universal messages in stories from different walks of life. 🌍

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IDEAS CURATED BY

mrparedes

High School Reading Teacher. Book lover. Sharing insights to inspire discovery. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." – Joseph Addison

CURATOR'S NOTE

In "How to Read Literature Like a Professor," we learn that a text often has a deeper meaning than we might initially realize. Understanding the connections, symbols, and patterns in literature can enrich our reading experience and bring the joy of discovering hidden meanings in our favorite books.

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