From this passage, I learned that almost all works of literature have a mold that they fit into. The passage taught me that literature professors typically decide which mold something fits into, and read it in that way. Foster’s comparison of characters in the story about the sixteen-year-old to a knight on his quest to earn the love of the princess through the Holy Grail taught me that almost any story follows this format in one way or another. I found this to be interesting because I do not compare literature to basic formats like this when I am reading, and I had never considered doing so. However, this seems to make works more intriguing and I plan to put it to practice. The conclusion of the passage was interesting as well, as Forster points out that “rights” and “wrongs” do not exist in literature. One of my high school English teachers seemed to dislike any opinion that did not match her own, and I am glad that I am breaking away from that mentality in college literature courses.
Source: Foster (Intro Ch1)