Where have I seen her before? Shakespeare or the Bible?

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In chapter 5, Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?, Thomas C. Foster talks about how mobern day litereature uses ideas from older works. Hence the title. Although The Masque of the Red Death, and The Count of Monte Cristo are very different, the way Edgar Allan Poe describes the way people died, reminds me of how a character in The Count of Monte Cristo dies. Even though both pieces of literature are different, I found myself saying, Where have I seen that before. The more I thought about it, the quicker I was able to make that connection.

In chapter 6, When in Doubt, It's from Shakespeare... Foster has us realize that a lot of the ideas from some of the well known newer pieces of writing have taken ideas from Shakespeare or other authors. The only one that I can think of is between The Masque of the Red Death and The Count of Monte Cristo with death. They may indeed have nothing in common or just sheer coincidence but to me they sound very familiar.

In chapter 7, ...Or the Bible, Foster talks about how a lot of writers have similar plots or ending that go along with the Bible. To me one of the most seen in books that relate to the Bible is Good vs. Evil. Good always comes out in the end. Even if it doesn't look like it. By the end of the book, series, or whatever, something takes place that enables good to overcome evil.


Good work, Michelle. The more readily these connections come to mind, and the more likely you are to notice them and start thinking of them, the more avenues will open up for you to explore. You're on the right track.

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