English Teachers. So true (not OC). For instance: "The curtains were blue.” Laugh nut mud on / ). I remember getting into afull blown agrument with my english teacher about the Lord of the Rings. He kept insisting it was an allegory of the secong world war,
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User avatar #6 - cowinspace (02/04/2013) [+] (9 replies)
I remember getting into afull blown agrument with my english teacher about the Lord of the Rings. He kept insisting it was an allegory of the secong world war, despite the fact that I pointed out Tolkeins own forward which stated, quite clearly, that it had nothing to do with either war. In fact it was Tolkeins intent that there be no hidden subtext as the story was meant to be there for it's own sake. Got a three day suspension for hitting him with my hardback copy of the trilogy.
User avatar #1 - Riukanojutsu (02/04/2013) [+] (11 replies)
hurrr symbolism makes no sense durrr

its typic of americain writing to make everything a symbol deal with it
#2 to #1 - shredmaster (02/04/2013) [-]
What would you know of American writing? From that atrocious spelling and grammar I would say you don't know of writing in general.
#3 - miwauturu (02/04/2013) [+] (9 replies)
Except authors don't waste words. If they bothered to point out the colour of the curtains then there's a damn good chance they wanted to say something with the colour of the curtains. Besides, ultimately it doesn't even matter what the author thinks, what matters is what can be drawn out of the story. Your own interpretations. To quote NYT bestselling author John Green

"Whether an author intentionally put a metaphor in a book is completely irrelevant. The reason metaphors exist in books is not so that your English teachers can torture you by having you search for them but instead because reading critically and nonliterally is a huge part of being a person: It is through metaphor and symbolism that we enter into the life of someone else, and begin to ask their big questions as if they were our own."

Honestly, whenever this post shows up again all I can think of it as being is anti-intellectualism ******** .
#18 - iamsammich (02/05/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Blue's FW
Blue's FW
#31 - lysitsa (02/05/2013) [-]
I beg to differ. Curtains insists that him and Blue are just friends.

I'm a personal friend of Curtains.
#19 - sleepisfortheweak (02/05/2013) [+] (1 reply)
#17 - xtremehivoltage (02/04/2013) [-]
Story time: I said this when we read Romeo and Juliet last year. I had not seen this before... (gif semi-related)
Story time: I said this when we read Romeo and Juliet last year. I had not seen this before... (gif semi-related)
User avatar #47 - thestant (02/05/2013) [+] (4 replies)
English teacher here - It's true that not EVERY detail is significant, but you can bet that the author included them for a good reason. Further, the author's meaning doesn't dictate what YOU get out of the story, and so those details do have a deeper meaning to each and every reader. A good teacher will ask that you explore those meanings and support them. Every answer is correct as long as you can support it using the text.
#55 to #47 - nobleknight (02/05/2013) [-]
I've had English teachers tell me I was wrong on what I thought the story meant.
#46 - kuracha (02/05/2013) [-]
The blue curtains represent his face during auto-erotic asphyxiation and masturbation.
#39 - anonymous (02/05/2013) [+] (4 replies)
I can't agree with that. I've gone through more poetry in my English class than most people ever should, and every single detail has meaning. Of course, poetry does not equal prose, but just think about it:

Why would the author say the curtains were blue if it didn't have significance. The only reason is if the author was describing his environment and was trying to create a visual for his audience, but even then there's significance there.

Just my two cents.
#66 to #63 - keroberios (02/06/2013) [-]
Thank you. Sometimes things have a color just to set a scene. It can be completely irrelevant to the overall story, but it adds a nice little touch. It means nothing, but in your head, the building is now worn and blue.
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It is not some big thing about deeper meanings.
Its blue.
End of discussion.
And I hate how people think it applies to every author in every situation.
#34 - qwesda (02/05/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Talking about Lord of the Flies in english, Simon suggests using bark for paper. The teacher says. "It means simon is going to be associated with nature and know so much, he will also be a productive member of the group and contribute much"
User avatar #35 to #34 - Marker (02/05/2013) [-]
It means he found something to write on...... goddammit, English teachers!
#4 - montybalboa (02/04/2013) [-]
Yeah, there's a reason the books you read and analyse in class are considered world-class. The authors rarely waste a single word.
#62 - snaresinger (02/05/2013) [-]
Aside from the fact that this is a repost, this is not always true. Sometimes, authors have a message to get out there, and the only way they can convey it with subtlety, substance and a good story is through metaphor. Don't bitch just because you won't apply yourself and get literature. I don't get it either most of the time, but at least I open my mind.
#52 - anonymous (02/05/2013) [-]
Jesus Christ, I have never read a truer thing.
User avatar #50 - jafkdb (02/05/2013) [-]
It's worse in a film class.
#49 - anonymous (02/05/2013) [-]
i'm guessing the middle, is what you put in the test.
User avatar #48 - thesoulless (02/05/2013) [-]
Logically, though, the author wouldn't have just outright said that the curtains were blue if it didn't mean anything.
#27 - anonymous (02/05/2013) [-]
Teacher: "!" this shows his frustration and thereby also marking the point where his mental state begins progressing toward the worse and how he is loosing power over...

Writer: "!" He was frustrated.
#26 - anonymous (02/05/2013) [-]
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User avatar #14 - thepastryistrue (02/04/2013) [-]
"Death of the Author". Never heard of it?
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