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How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

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"The act of taking food into our bodies is so personal that we really only want to do it with people we're very comfortable with." Page 8

It is not that I don't exactly disagree with this statement, but at the same time I do. I do feel that in most situations in a book, it is going to be the case that the characters are going to be eating with people they know and only then feel comfortable with it. In certain circumstances though, I do not agree with this. In America it is unusual that someone would eat with strangers, but take the scenario to another country. If and author is writing for instance about an overpopulated country, I believe that the view would be a bit different. 

After Apple Picking by Robert Frost

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"Essence of winter sleep is on the night" Line 7

 I like that this line prelude to the character falling asleep. With the words sleep and snow in the same sentence, I am made to think of soft pillow and drowsiness. This line gives an insight into the thought that the character is going to fall asleep and that way you know before it happens. It makes the poem interesting in a way. 

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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"And sorry I could not travel both" Line 2 and "Oh, I kept the first for another day!" Line 13

I only want to make a point that by stating line 13, Frost technically canceled out line 2. How could he be sorry when he will soon discover the other road another day? It almost makes the poem sound contradicting because of such a cancellation. Therefore, I don't even see line 2 as being all that necessary to the poem. It could practically be cut out. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"'You see?' cried Catherine triumphantly. She lowered her voice again. 
'It's really his wife that's keeping them apart. She's a Catholic and they don't believe in divorce.'
 Daisy was not a Catholic and I was a little shocked as the elaborateness of the lie." Page 38

My question is if two people that are married cannot understand each other so much, then why stay married to one another? Tom could have Mrs. Wilson instead of staying with Daisy. Why lie about something unless there is a reason? 
My conclusion: money and image. Let's face it, from what it sounds like Mrs. Wilson is not exactly in the same social stature as Tom and, well, Daisy just so happens to be. To be with Mrs. Wilson would ruin the image that is so sweetly set up by the "old money" stereotype. Wealth marries wealth and poor marries poor. 


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