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It's All About the Heart

"Aside from being the pump that keeps us alive, the heart is also, and has been since ancient times, the symbolic repository of emotion."
~page 208 of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

All we have to do in order to see this point is look back at Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The mean character, the Grinch, has a heart that is two sizes too small. When he learns to love and care about others, his heart literally grows. How many times do people ask someone who has committed a cruel act if they have a heart? I think this is such a large part of our culture that it is one of the most logical ways to send a signal to readers about what a character is like.

Comments (1)

Meagan Gemperlein:

I thought of the Grinch too! It's such a perfect example!

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