How to Read Literature Like a Professor By: Thomas C. Foster. Chapter 19: Geography Matters. What Is Geography?. By definition geography is the science that describes the surface of the earth and its features, inhabitants, and phenomena.
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Chapter 19: Geography Matters
“ Geography can also define or even develop characters”.
“Geography can also, frequently does, play quite a specific plot role in a literary work”.
“ When writers send characters south, its so they can run amok”.
The word low is usually associated with darkness, unpleasantness, less than, worst, death, hell, etc. Why in a scary movie must someone be taken down to the cellar to be killed? Why must we always fall down a hill?
People are most likely to go down to a cellar to hide evidence or to even hide the killing. At also adds to the suspense of the thriller.
We fall down the hill because of gravity, plane and simple.
The word high is usually associated with purity, greater than, power, etc. So why did the chicken cross the road? Why did Jack and Jill go up the hill?
Maybe it was because a higher power instructed them to or maybe the next destination was of better interest than their previous destination.
“ So, high or low, near or far, north or south, east or west, the places of poems and fiction really matter. It isn’t just the setting that hoary English class topic. It’s place and space and shape that bring us to ideas and psychology and history and dynamism.”
If geography matters,
Chapter 20: …So Does Season
If geography matters and so does season then
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