Zach Mann
Dr. Wes Berry
December 6, 2016
Looking back on the class, I have to say that I learned the most from our discussions. I know a lot of the days we were in class, our discussions were 90% of what took up class time. In past literature classes, there hasn't been as much discussion on people's own opinion or views of the text we would read. Instead, it would be more about what the teacher thought the author was trying to get across or his/her own perspective of it, and we would go off of that. I thoroughly enjoyed the new and different experience of discussing our own opinions and perspectives of the texts we read. I think it helped us learn more about understanding how other people think and how others perceive things. How is this beneficial? Understanding how other people think and how they perceive things and their opinions helps you decide how you feel on a subject or your opinion on a certain topic. Life is about communication. In almost any field of study or any job you may have, human interaction is guaranteed at some point. Knowing how to talk to people and how to listen and understand and communicate with them is super beneficial in the long run.
As much as I have learned from others, I have also learned a lot about how to read through a text and kind of read between the lines a little better. Analyzing stories like the Tempest and the Odyssey and Penelopiad were more interesting to me because of the underlining meaning behind the stories. Looking for the symbolism in each story and why Homer and Shakespeare put different characters in the stories or why some scenes were in the story made it more interesting. I think it is easy for people to just take any of those stories for what they are and not try to put any thought into what the true meaning is behind the stories. Unfortunately, it gives a dry point of view of the text. Learning how to analyze the stories made reading them more interesting. Also from analyzing it and discussing the stories, I learned more about my opinion on topics like forgiveness.