How to Read Literature Like a Pro

Top 20 Main Points

#1

The real reason for a character to go on a quest is to gain self knowledge.
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#2

Whenever people eat or drink together, it is communion.
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#3

There is no such thing as a wholly original work of literature.
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#4

There is only one story. Ever. It has always been going on, and it is everywhere around us.
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#5

It is never JUST rain.
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#6

Myth is a body of story that matters.
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#7

Flight is freedom.
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#8

Irony trumps everything.
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#9

Pay attention when water is involved.
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#10

When writers send characters south, it is so they can run amok. The effects of this can be either tragic or comic.
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#11

Seasons are key.
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#13

Next to our mortality, which comes to great and small equally, all the differences in our lives are mere surface details.
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#14

Geography is key.
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#15

It is never JUST an illness.
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#16.

By adding a person with disabilities into the story, the writer automatically changes the story for every single other character in the book.
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#17

If you want your audience to know something important about your character (or the work at large), introduce it early, before you need it.
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#18

Do not read with YOUR eyes.
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#19

Irony does not work for everyone.
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#20

Always think - What does the story signify?
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