How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Chapters 23 & 24 Chapter 23: It’s Never Just Heart Disease… What was it about? • When an author mentions heart disease, it’s never about heart disease. Deeper thoughts. Heart disease is sad emotions Loneliness or pain Heart represents all emotion Heart has significance Examples? The Man of Adamant By: Nathaniel Hawthorne Man is upset with society Moves into cave Turns into stone Chapter 24:…..And Rarely Just Illness What was it about? When writing, you can not just use any illness off the top of your head. What does that mean? Illness should effect the character’s appearance. Strong symbol -Tuberculosis: Translucent skin, darkened eye sockets, coughing up blood Key Points Not all diseases are created equal It should be picturesque Mysterious in origin - Author John Keat’s Tuberculosis Strong metaphorical possibilities Examples? James Joyce’s “The Sisters” Priest has stroke Left paralyzed There is “No Hope” for the priest Paralysis shows suffering with no action. Boy is effected Thank You!