Victor Hugo's Les Misérabless By Thomas C. Foster

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Throughout his book, Thomas C. Foster makes many statements in his various chapters that leave readers with mixed emotions. Because of this, it is challenging to give a solid single response. On one hand, several chapters present ideas that, when tested against previously read literary works, are thought-provoking and provide a successful framework for accurately analyzing literature. On the other hand, Foster makes some claims that are broad generalizations that don’t always hold up to scrutiny. Following are examples of each side, explaining how his theories work and are very helpful and how some are quite far-fetched. “The essentials of the vampire story, as we discussed earlier: an older figure representing corrupt, outworn values; a young …show more content…
This classic novel follows the story of a man, Jean Valjean, who has been imprisoned for nineteen years in early nineteenth center France. After being released and forming a new and highly successful life-with falsified papers-many events lead him to become the adoptive father of a young girl named Cosette. Her whole life has been filled with people belittiling her and tainting her view of the world. Once Jean Valjean appears and takes her away, he spends the rest of his life ensuring she has everything that she needs or wants. He devotes himself to ensure she is happy and protects her innocence. Jean Valjean can sometimes fit the mold of the older man with corrupt values, and yet there is no stripping whatsoever of this child. It is quite the opposite, proving that not every claim in Thomas Foster’s book is fully reliable while studying …show more content…
Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor can be helpful and eye-opening, but there are also some outlandish ideas within. Each chapter holds a different point as well as a different amount of contribution to broadening analyzation skills. In each, a reader and student must evaluate and put to test his theories for every book that is read. Each point will be helpful pertaining to a certain book, and not helpful regarding another. It is important to remember that the statements he makes are good to keep in mind, but not to be used always as they are not always the correct

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