Category Archives: Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy- Harvest Season

In both The Age of Innocence and The Scarlet Letter the fall season plays an important role in the development of the story. Foster describes fall as the season of harvest where a character reaps what he or she sown … Continue reading

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: Vampires

In How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas Foster describes the literary motif of vampires as characters who feed off of the faults and flaws of others. In The Scarlet Letter, Chillingworth is the most important vampire of the … Continue reading

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Blooms Taxonomy- Flights of Fancy

Though many novels and short stories differ drastically in their plot lines and authors, they share similar motifs within their writing. These common motifs have been identified by Thomas Foster, and have been bound in many sorts of literature. A … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Vampires Everywhere

In both The Scarlet Letter and The Age of Innocence, characters act as vampires towards people seen as not obeying societal norms. The tension created by Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester Prynne’s secret connection creates the perfect opportunity for Roger Chillingworth … Continue reading

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Déjà Vu in Literature

Certain connections can be made between novels regarding characters, plots, and motifs. In Thomas Foster’s book he illustrates these similarities in chapter five entitled “Now, where have I seen her before?” This chapter describes how often times authors are inspired … Continue reading

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Bloom’s Taxonomy- Symbolism

In chapter 12 of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas Foster observes that symbols are placed very commonly throughout works of literature, but the tricky part is deciding how to interpret them. In both The Scarlet Letter and … Continue reading

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: It is never just sickness

“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. People try to avoid the sickness in our normal lives, which is the not case in literature. On contrast, sickness is important for serving as symbols or indicating the themes of the … Continue reading

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Bloom’s Taxonomy- Blindness

In The Scarlet Letter and The Age of Innocence readers are presented with the Foster motif of blindness. This motif exemplifies the blind conformity and trust in society and people in both literary works. For example, in The Scarlet Letter … Continue reading

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Political Ties

The foster motif, “Its All Political,” is extremely relevant to two female leads Hester and Ellen. This motif focuses specifically on self -determination, conformity, power suture, and class relations. Ellen and Hester both have difficulty being viewed as respectable in … Continue reading

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