How To Read Novels Like A Professor Chapter 1 Analysis

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Chapter one of the novel, "How To Read Novels Like a Professor", by Thomas C. Foster, discusses the importance of page one of a novel. He explains how many literacy elements can be identified in the first page of a novel and even the first paragraph. He goes on to state the important literacy devices that should be identified in a novel. These include: style, tone, mood, diction, point of view, time management, place, motif, theme, and characters. It also includes the narrative prescense and the narrative attitude if any. There is also a huge importance to the hook, or the way the author chooses to draw the reader in so that they are interested in reading more. Every novel has different instructions on how to read it, they just have to …show more content…
Author 's are obligated to maintain the illusion that they create in their stories. Readers have a certain level of impatience to realism when reading a novel. All novels are illusions in a sense. They also are a sense-learned activity. All novels and novelists are also influenced by other novels, whether they agree or not. This means that the novel has to portray information or events in a way that is most realistic for the reader to understand. This rule does not apply in metafiction. Metafiction is a type of fiction in which the author alludes to the illusion of a novel by bending the normal rules and conventions in place for a realistic …show more content…
An idea can never be discounted in a fiction novel. Foster states, "Writers have in common the making of fiction is response to what history has handed them." The ability of a writer to bring broad ranges of experience to the same level of an idividual reader is the most important part of a novel. There is always one main idea in a novel: what does it mean to be human and how can we change our lives to best effect? A writer 's life also shows influence in their work. Foster also says that there is a "Law of Fictional Ideation". This states that it doesn 't matter how good the philosophy is in a novel if the fiction is

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