How to Read Literature Like a Pro
Top 20 Main Points
The real reason for a character to go on a quest is to gain self knowledge.
Whenever people eat or drink together, it is communion.
There is no such thing as a wholly original work of literature.
There is only one story. Ever. It has always been going on, and it is everywhere around us.
It is never JUST rain.
Myth is a body of story that matters.
Flight is freedom.
Irony trumps everything.
Pay attention when water is involved.
When writers send characters south, it is so they can run amok. The effects of this can be either tragic or comic.
Seasons are key.
Next to our mortality, which comes to great and small equally, all the differences in our lives are mere surface details.
Geography is key.
It is never JUST an illness.
By adding a person with disabilities into the story, the writer automatically changes the story for every single other character in the book.
If you want your audience to know something important about your character (or the work at large), introduce it early, before you need it.
Do not read with YOUR eyes.
Irony does not work for everyone.
Always think - What does the story signify?