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How to Read Literature Like a Professor Chapters 11-13 Notes Chapter 11: ...More Than It's Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence Violence in literature…while it is literal , is usually also something else.” There are two categories of violence: Narrative violence: “The specific injury that authors cause characters to visit on one another or on themselves, and the narrative violence that causes characters harm in general.” (96) Authorial violence: “The death and suffering authors introduce into their work in the interest of plot advancement or thematic development and for with they, not their characters, are responsible .” (97) Accidents do happen in real life, of course. So do illnesses . But when they happen in literature they’re not really accidents.” (102) What acts of violence or suffering can you think of from literature, and what literary purpose do they serve? In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet die, which causes the families to make up in the end. Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol? Allegory Symbol Uses symbols that can only stand for one thing 1:1 ratio Uses symbols that are abstract and can have ”a range of possible meanings and interpretations.” (105) 1:? Ratio Example: Animal Farm by George Orwell Napoleon = Stalin Snowball = Trotsky Boxer = Working class Example: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The green light on Daisy’s dock could symbolize: Gatsby’s hopes, impossible dreams, the will to keep trying, The American Dream Analyze the possible meanings behind the symbols in these movies Signs (2002)
Aliens have invaded earth and are attacking a family in their farmhouse.

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