How To Read Literature Like A Professor Analysis

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A debate that has raged for decades over the thought process of authors while constructing their artwork has now come to an end. This debate revolves around the theory of authors constructing books in a meaningful way beyond the plot. This theory is evident in nearly all novels, poems, and plays ever produced. Also, in personal interviews, authors have stated their attempt to write books like this. Thus making Thomas Foster correct in asserting that books are written beyond the plot. This philosophy was explained in Professor Thomas Foster's book "How to Read Literature Like a Professor". The basis of this philosophy is that authors implement and use simple items in a story that symbolizes something greater than the actual character of the story. Professor Foster discussed the different symbols in books that authors commonly use and what they generally symbolize. One…show more content…
Each of them were asked if the believe books are intentionally written beyond the plot and if they intentionally do it. The poet, Lemuel Abdullah, stated that he believes “poets and authors alike do try to use symbols to enhance their work.” When asked if he tries to, he stated "I occasionally use symbols such as a weather to give his poems a deeper mood" and " I always thinks of ways to add depth to my poems. With poetry being so international, I feel that it allows me to separate myself from other poets around the world (Abdullah).” Also interviewed was Chicagoan author, Sheila Peele-Miller. For the first question she stated that “I don’t know if all authors intend to, but I’ve seen some authors do it: Dr. Suess, Nikki Turner, and Teri Woods.” During the interview Sheila also admitted to writing beyond the plot stating that "giving the reader something to search for beyond the physical words is what makes a story great and keeps me writing (Peele-Miller)." Although a small sample, this is evidence in Professor Thomas Foster being

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