How to Read Literature Like a Professor Chapter Analysis Essay

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How To Read Literature Like a Professor

Chapter 1: Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It’s Not)

In Chapter 1 the author explains the symbolic reasoning of why a character takes a trip. They don't just take a trip they take a quest. Structurally a quest has a quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, challenges and trials en route, and a reason to go there. Quests usually involve characters such as a knight, a dangerous road, a Holy Grail, a dragon, an evil knight, and a princess. The quest also involves the character to gain self-knowledge out of taking the adventure to the stated place where he or she is going.

Chapter 2: Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion

Chapter 2 tells of the symbolism that takes place
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last seen in the company of thieves 14. creator of many aphorisms and parables 15. buried, but arose on the third day 16. had disciples, twelve at first, although not all equally devoted 17. very forgiving 18. came to redeem an unworthy world.

Chapter 15: Flights of Fancy

Chapter 15 is all about the symbolism of flying. Flying is freedom. That's what it symbolizes. Usually stories are fiction when you see a character flying, but when you do the person is either a superhero, ski jumper, crazy, a circus act, suspended on wires, an angel, or heavily symbolic.

Chapter 16: It’s All About Sex . . .

It's All About Sex, or Chapter 16, is about the symbollic meaning of sex in a story or movie. The author says that usually sex isn't even about the sex or things that have nothing to do with sex are usually about sex.

Chapter 17: . . . Except Sex

Chapter 17 is about how sex is never actually used in literature. Authors always describe the scene before and the scene after but never the inbetween. There is really only one way of writing about sex, of course the characters can do different things but in the end it's still the same thing. that's why it's ok to just leave the actual physical part out of the book and only describe the before and after.

Chapter 18: If She Comes Up, It’s Baptism

Chapter 18 is all about the significance of water. When a character goes under water and comes back up, it usually means that the character was

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