Bloom’s Taxonomy – Geography Matters

Throughout the fall term, Foster’s themes and motifs have been included in many of the texts we have read. One of these themes is from chapter 19 “Geography Matters.” In this chapter, Foster explains how the location (geography) can affect how events in a story happen. A prime example of this is in Edith Warton’s Age of Innocence. In this story, there is an extreme difference in societal norms between the “old New York” society of which Archer and his friends are a part of and the societal norms of Europe that the Countess Ellen Olenska knows. This difference in what is proper and how one handles themselves in life is a cause of some conflict between Ellen and the members of the old New York society. A prime earth-1024x1024example of this is during a dinner scene that occurs in the story when Ellen leaves the people she is having a conversation with to go talk to Newland Archer who is sitting across the room. This is considered improper in New York society but Ellen is unaware of this because of the geography and society that she knows. This is how one example of Foster’s motifs in applied in the texts read this fall. Another example of Foster’s motif of how geography matters in a text is in the Scarlet Letter. In this story, Hester is forced to live on the outskirts of town because of being convicted of being an “adulterer” in her society. This separation of being forced to live on the outskirts of town versus actually being in the town creates a type of separation for Hester and the rest of the world and society. This is how Foster’s motif of creating a conflict or separation using geography in a story is reflected in texts we have read this fall.

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