Chapter 25 don't read with your eyes Presentation Transcript
Chapter 25 Don't Read With Your Eyes
Preconceived Notions 1. Whether we like judging anything beforehand or not, we are naturally drawn towards establishing connections as we read . Inherently, nothing is wrong in doing this, but we do hinder our ability to fully understand the writer’s message if we do not immerse ourselves into the story, the characters, the situation(s).
Preconceived Notions continued… 2. In order to comprehend the imagery and themes offered by a literary work, we must not look through a 21 st Century lens ; instead, we must place ourselves into the proper time period, with the proper knowledge, in order to connect to the situation as a whole.
Value Systems 3. To immerse oneself is not to lose one's self. If you try to view a work through an historical perspective, you're not required to accept as true or good the characters’ morals, values, or decisions. -For example, if you read Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre, you do not need to accept his flavor of Existentialism.
Value System continued… 4. The author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor warns readers that “Too much acceptance of the author’s viewpoint can lead to difficulties.” --If someone reads Hammurabi's code, he/she is not required to accept the morality of that legal system. However, an attempt to sympathetically gain insight as to why eye for an eye laws developed and why they are still used in some cultures could be a legitimate goal. --To simply accept the existence of other values makes looking through an alternate perspective easier.