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1 Why Do I Have To Take A Literature Class? Introduction to Literature Prof. Lay

2 NON-FICTION Environment is highly complex and integrated…The problem of measuring those physical conditions that really govern plant behavior is much more difficult than is commonly conceived…The intensity of most factors varies with the hour, day, and season, and the rates of change, the durations of particular intensities…The common practice of integrating measurements taken over a period of time as mean values may obscure very important time aspects of factor variation. Plants and Environment by R. F. Daubenmire

3 FICTION The dawn creeps in stealthily; the solid walls of black forest soften to gray, and vast stretches of the river open up and reveal themselves; the water is glass-smooth, gives off spectral wreaths of white mist; there is not the faintest breath of wind, nor stir of leaf; the tranquility is profound and infinitely satisfying…Well, that is all beautiful; soft and rich and beautiful; and when the sun gets well up, and distributes a pink flush here and a powder of gold yonder and a purple haze where it will yield the best effect, you grant that you have seen something that is worth remembering. Mark Twain

4 Justification: Non-Fiction All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed, for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:24-26 (NAS)

5 Justification: Fiction Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get. But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me, the sinner! I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18:10-14 (NAS)

6 FICTION FICTION Short Stories NovelsPOETRYPoemsSongsDRAMAPlaysMovies

7 Why Engage In Literature? Benefits of Literature

8 I Read Literature Because… I enjoy it I better understand myself I can identify with you I can see Gods power of creation I can grasp the Bible deeper I can share the gospel

9 Dangers of Literature I might accept a lie as truth. I might be lead to destructive emotions. I might be influenced to disobey God.

10 Christians and Literature I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one John 17:15 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. Romans 14:22

11 HOW TO READ LITERATURE Multiple Perspectives

12 Literature Genre Author History Ideology Literary Worldview Reader

13 GENRE Fiction –Plot –Character –Setting –Ideas –Point of View –Symbols –Mood –Objects –Allusion –Theme –Style Poetry –Events –Structure –Character –Setting –Ideas –Point of View –Mood –Objects –Allusion –Style –Meter –Sound

14 AUTHOR FamilyBirthEducationPersonalityOccupationsDreamsAccomplishmentsDisappointmentsReputationLifestyleBeliefsDeath

15 HISTORY Setting of the work –Year –Political events –Religious events –City and Country Setting of the author –Year –Political and Religious events –City, Country

16 IDEOLOGY ReligiousPoliticalSocialCulturalRacialEconomicGender

17 READER Personal application View of the author Personal reaction MisunderstandingsRecommendationsMood Reading Background

18 WORLDVIEW RealityUniverseHumanityDeathMoralityKnowledgeHistory

19 LITERARY Monomyth: One Story Motifs Archetypal Images Literary Borrowing

20 Monomyth: One Story Winter Summer Fall Spring

21 Winter Anti-Romance Summer Romance Fall Tragedy Spring Comedy

22 Literary Motifs The Quest The Initiation The Tragedy The Comedy The Temptation The Rescue The Cinderella The Scapegoat The Journey The Death/Rebirth

23 Archetypal Images Supernatural Human Characters RelationshipsClothing Human Body FoodsSoundsMovementAnimalsLandscapePlantsBuildingsInorganicWaterNatureDirection

24 Supernatural GodangelsheavenSatanDemons Evil spirits Evil beasts WitchHell

25 Human Characters Hero Virtuous wife, husband Innocent child FriendServant Wise man Good farmer Just judge VillainHarlotTyrantWandererTraitorSluggardFoolDrunkardthief

26 Clothing Wedding clothes White colored clothes Armor Stately garment Sackcloth Dark clothes Lack of clothing Dirty clothes

27 Food BreadMilkMeatMannaOilWineOlivesgrapesHungerDroughtFamineStarvationPoisondrunkenness

28 Animals SheepLambDove Gentle birds Singing birds LioneagleMonstersWolfTigerDragonVultureOwlSnakeGoat Wild dogs

29 Landscape GardenParkMountaintop Fertile plain Rock Safe pathway Dark forest Wilderness Dark valley TombCavePit

30 Plants Green grass RoseVineyardLilyEvergreen Plants of healing ThornWeeds Dead plants Willow tree Pruning of branches

31 Water RiverStreamPoolSpringFountain Showers of rain Flowing water Sea Stagnant pools Floods

32 Nature Breeze Summer seasons Calm after storm SunStarsSunriseDayrainbowStormsAutumnWinterSunsetDarknessLightningwhirlwind

33 Direction RisingHeightWestNorthRightStraightDescentLownessEastSouthLeftCrooked

34 Literary Borrowing Bible Shakespeare Greeks/Romans Fairytales LITERATURE

35 Where is my Syllabus?

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