Analysis Of ' The Princess Bride, William Faulkner 's Barn Burning, And Edgar Allan Poe 's `` Barn

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All works of literature contain different themes to express what is really happening with a story. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster is a book full of literary themes that can be found and analyzed for the reader to understand why the themes were used in an author’s work. Two of Foster’s “Fosterian” themes found in a number of works are a quest and a vampire. According to Foster, for a literature work to have a quest, there are five things that must be present; a quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, challenges and trials, and a real reason to go there (3). Foster also describes vampirism is not only about vampires in a literal sense, “But it’s also about things other than literal vampirism: selfishness, exploitation, a refusal to respect the autonomy of other people, just for starters” (16). In William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning,” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat,” the themes of a quest and a vampire are presented similarly by characters who set out on a quest must overcome challenges from another and characters exhibit the same characteristics of a vampire described by Foster, however, dissimilarly in the kind of self-realization achieved and how the vampires’ commentary differs.
Goldman, Faulkner, and Poe’s stories each describe a character who sets out on a quest. In William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, Vizzini sets out on a quest with Inigo and Fezzick to kidnap Princess Buttercup and…

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