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January 27, 2006

Foster 19 & 20

I especially liked chapter 19 about geography mattering so much when writing a book. I found it very intersting because I would like to be an author after college, and although it seems easy, there are so many elements one has to consider when writing a novel.

I like how Foster says, "Geography can also define or even develop a character." (p.167) Characters can change dramatically merely by placing them in different settings.

I liked this chapter a lot, but it also made me dizzy thinking about all the little details I will have to consider when I begin to write a book someday

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January 25, 2006

1st Blog

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, reminded me a lot of one of the passages in Foster’s, How To Read Literature Like a Professor. I looked at Bernice's story as a quest.

In Foster's words, "The quest consists of five things:

a) a quester
b) a place to go
c) states reason to go there
d) challenges and trials en route, and
e) a real reason to go there"

I don't know about everybody else, but I connected Bernice's "quest" easily with Foster's theory.

a) a quester - Bernice
b) a place to go - In some scenes, the party, In the last one, whereever she was running off to
c) states reason to go there - Become more popular, outsmart Marjorie
d) challenges and trials en route - Peer pressure, Bitterness from her cousin, Marjorie, insecurities in herself, evesdropping rude comments by her own family, jealousy
e) a real reason to go there - fulfilling her inner need to feel belonging in society

I believe it was Marjorie herself who drove Bernice to go a little crazy at the end of the story. She really pushed Bernice towards the end, and I personally believe Marjorie derserved it. Even though she did not say much to her cousin, her bodily actions got under Bernice's skin, and I don't blame her.

Fitzgerald vividly explains, "Bernice winced as Marjorie tossed her own hair over her shoulders and began to twist it slowly into two long braids until her cream-colored negilee she looked like a delicate painting of some Saxon Princess." (p.19)


I believe the above quote is when Bernice ultimately snapped. She admits later on in the paragraph, "her [Bernice] chance at beauty had been sacraficed to the jealous whim of a selfish girl." (p.19)
It was Marjorie's snooty actions that led Bernice to finally snip Marjorie's precious braids from her head.


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