How to Read Literature Like a Professor Themes

Thomas C. Foster
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Symbols

Symbols, and symbolism, form the core of William C. Foster’s book “How to Read Literature Like a Professor”. Foster stresses the need for deeper understanding when reading, that there is usually much more to the plot of the story than just the plot. Understanding what is being read at a deeper level will prove a more rewarding experience, and appreciation for what is being read will increase much more. Understanding what may be a symbol, or symbolism, becomes crucial when this occurs.

Foster presents numerous examples of symbols and symbolism throughout his book, that run the gamut from birds and water to sex and violence. He also provides examples of these symbols occurring in literature throughout history. Birds, and by extension, flight, often represent freedom and elevation, such as in the case of the Sheridan family in “The Garden Party”. Water often is symbolic of cleansing and...

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