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How To Read Literature Like a Professor (Foster)

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pg. 3 says "The real reason for a quest never involves the stated reason.  In fact, more often than not, the quester fails at the stated task."

This quote kind of confuses me because I think that you should have a reason to go into the quest.  While you may not completely fill the quest and only the originial quest you being the quest for a specific reason.  Usually when you go to a grocery store you do get the bread which was the task of the quest, but you end up getting something else such as peanut butter or jelly. 


pg. 7 says " Sometimes a meal is just a meal, and eating with others in simply eating with others. More often than not, though, it's not...whenever people eat or drink together it's communion."

I never really looked at eating a meal together communion.  I agree completely because as it says " we form a community and that is communion."

Later it talks about smoking dope and how that breaks social barriers.  Though, I have never smoked I know people that have and I have heard them mention different people that they know solely because of joining in to smoke.  I think it is nice to have something to break barriers between people, however, I do wish it was something different than smoking.


The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)

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"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone" he told me "just remember that all the people in the world haven't had the advantages as you've had." pg. 1

This is a quote that the narrator (Nick) is quoting of something his father had once said to him.  It reminds me of what my family says to me; that I have many more advantages than some other people and that I cannot take anything for granted.  And that judging someone else won't make me feel better about myself because it only shows that I am jealous of them. 

This quote also reflects in some way Nick when he goes into New York with Daisy's husband Tom to visit Tom's other girl.   Nick doesn't criticize in any way on the trip or while they are there, although he does know it is incredibly wrong.  Tom, on the other hand, does not criticize Myrtle knowing that she doesn't have a great life with her current husband.  But from my standpoint, it is ridiculously rude for Tom to be dating another woman while he is married and has a kid and I think that is criticizable.


On another note, I love how when Nick goes to New York with Tom that everyone is fascinated when they find out that Nick is Mr. Gatsby's neighbor.  What is so great about Gatsby? On page 39 it talks about how  Gatsby has many people over to his place, yet Nick just watches from the window. It also interests me about why if Nick does not like to be lonely why he won't go over to Gatsby's.  However, as interesting as Nick is Gatsby is even more interesting especially when he buys a girl a new dress when she rips hers.  This kind of information just makes me keep reading the book wanting to know more!


The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)

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Line 1 "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

       2 And sorry I could not travel both."

Frost talking about a yellow wood reminds me of the yellow brick road from The Wizard of Oz and how they have to choose which way to go on the yellow brick road wondering if they were going the right way. Frost said he is sorry he didn't travel both because with their being two different roads there are two different adventures.  I believe life is like that in many ways.  There's almost always two ways to do something or two ways to go in your life somehow and you wonder which one you should take and which one would suit you better. 


Line 18 "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --

       19 I took the one less traveled by,

       20 And that has made all the difference."

He regrets in a way which way he took down the yellow wood road.  Although, the road he took made a difference in his life.  I'm sure many people have done something they wish they could take back and do the opposite but still in some way the decision they made had made an impact on their life.  Sometimes in a way I wish I could take back my decision on choosing this university.  But at the same time I have learned so much about myself and have met many great people that have impacted me in some way by being here.  So sometimes I do think about transferring, taking that other path, but I think that that path may not be as good as I think it may be.

After Apple Picking (Robert Frost)

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In Robert Frost's poem I like a couple of different lines:

Line 3 "And there's a barrel that I didn't fill

       4  Beside it, and there may be two or three

       5  Apples I didn't pick upon some bough."

Here I think he is talking about there is something in his life that he didn't fill, some ambition, dream, person, or something other than this that he wished when he wrote this that he would have done.

Line 18 "Magnified apples appear and disppear"

I took this poem as that the apples are sort of like people and I like this quote because it talks about apples appearing and disappearing.  Friends appear and disappear and so do significant others. 

Line 30 "There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,

       31    Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall."

Going along with the last quote it continues talking about people and how there are so many people out there that could be your friend and/or significant other. And it says to cherish these fruits and not let them fall because you never know when they will leave you.


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