February 2009 Archives

Foster, "How to Read Literature Like a Professor." Part II

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"The devil, as the old saying goes, can quote Scripture. So can writers. Even those who aren't madly religious or don't live within the Judeo-Christian tradition may work something in from Job or Matthew or the Psalms. That may explain all those gardens, serpents, tongues of flame, and voices from whirlwind."

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This passage really made me think about all the books assigned to me by schools or that I have read for my own pleasure.  All these books, so many of them have some sort of dragon, or serpent, and voices in the air.  Crazy to think that the Bible contains some of these creatures and phenomenons.   Writers, even foreign and, like Foster said, non religious, don't have to have read or believe in the Bible to be able to write stories that may have in some way, shape or form, came from the book.  

Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby" Part II

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"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn, "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."

I've always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his face broke into that radiant and understanding smile, as if we'd been in ecstatic cahoots on that fact all the time. 

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This section made me think that maybe Nick has had an infatuation with Gatsby from the beginning even though I'm sure Nick would argue that fact.  No man, that I have ever known, has ever described another man as having a "radiant smile." I just found it a little odd. 

Nick and Gatsby had a peculiar connection from the start and this quote, "in ecstatic cahoots," may be the evidence needed.  Both of them most likely knew that the crowd Gatsby hung out with was lower than him, but neither wanted to say it.  The smile was the one thing that sealed the deal, so to speak, on their same feelings.

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