Every Trip Is A Quest Essay

3935 Words Aug 24th, 2014 16 Pages
Chapter 1: Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It 's Not)
Most stories include a quest, in which the main character of a story embarks on a journey and eventually learns something new. According to Thomas C. Foster, a quest consists of five things; (a) a quester, (b) a place to go, (c) a stated reason to go there, (d) challenges and trials en route, and (e) a real reason to go there. Every quest is educational, in which the quester gains self-knowledge. The stated reason for a quest is almost never the real reason for the quester to embark on his/her journey. The original goal almost always fades away, and the quester then eventually gains new knowledge. Foster states that questers are most often young and inexperienced, which is why they embark on the quest, eventually gaining self-knowledge. Foster cites examples of works of literature that portray a quest, which include Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Chapter 2: Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion
In this chapter, Foster explains the idea of whenever people eat or drink together, a communion is formed. Foster 's use of the word "communion" does not have religious connotations, rather, explains how eating or drinking together forms a community. There should be a captivating reason that a meal scene is included in works of literature because meal scenes usually are quite boring. Foster writes about how meal…

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