To be fair, English teachers do need to look like they have some purpose. Once you can read and write that's them pretty much done. After that school is just a way to keep the off the streets.@mooderino
LOL......yes, had a lot of teachers reading waybtoo much into the meaning of something! Thanks 4 the chuckle
Haha yes, I've had some English teachers like that :P
Haha So true! I had an English teacher like that :D
Love it!! Thanks for the morning laugh. :D
Hi! That happens, yes. But sometimes, the reader's response is valid, too :) we all give our own meanings to what we encounter in texts. But then again, it's also true that we need to be able to tell when indeed the "curtain is [simply] blue" :) Great blog, by the way!
This gave me a good laugh. Too funny. Often times the author intends you look beneath the surface, but sometimes we take it a little too far. :)
Heh. I totally agree with this post! Though I would like to think that there is a lot of symbolism in the books I read, I have to admit that there probably really isn't. I think authors have a hard enough time writing a really engaging and flowing story without imbuing it all with multiple instances of symbolism.
Great post! This is one of the most frustrating parts of my job (as a high school English teacher) because so many of my students have had teachers who tell them what a text means when in fact a teacher's interpretation may not be the only valid interpretation! Instead, I try to get my students to think for themselves. If they think the curtain is blue that is fine; if they read more into it, that can be okay too. I always tell my students that there can be more than one correct answer, but there can also be wrong answers! What each reader brings to the text is very important; reading is an interaction! Sorry for the rant! :)
Ha ha - yes! I agree. :)
Ha! This made me laugh so much. I've had high school and college teachers like this.
Haha. What moody said. I reposed it on my blog and linked here. The fact that's how literature papers are scored according to that kind of steered me away from academic literature.
Yes, I totally agree. Obviously there's sometimes a deeper meaning, but sometimes lit profs read something much deeper into it. So funny.
Reading Dubliners my last year of high school, my professor insisted that the character who lost a pie she had bought while on the train had actually experienced the lose of virginity... we all thought she was just forgetful in regards to purchased baked goods. I still don't know if that was a legitimate interpretation, but that pic reminded me of it!
Great job, Story :) All my english teachers just told us what the symbols were. It wasn't until listening to author John Green on the subject that I appreciated critical reading. http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/25221946175/famous-novelists-on-symbolism-in-their-work-and-whether
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