Sunday, November 16, 2014

Three Main Challenges

                In the novel Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, it was a challenge for me to keep track of the characters, keep track of past situations, and fully understand scenes. In every novel, there are at least fifteen characters whether or not they maintain a large role in any situation. Every character is important and contributes to the story, which is why it is important to keep track of each and every one of them. There are also multiple situations that occur and help explain why other situations occur. It is best to take notes of these events. Lastly, certain scenes may contain a large amount of vivid detail and vocabulary, which often requires the reader to reread the scenes. Rereading the scenes can help the reader understand each sentence and carefully piece the puzzle together. Nevertheless, there are multiple ways to help overcome these challenges.

                While reading a novel, it is common for readers to keep a character list alongside to be able to familiarize myself with every individual and how they were connected to the other characters in the novel. Characters with important positions and characters who are not even identified by a name should be kept on the character list. Memorizing names and who these characters are involved with can be quite a challenge. Many readers believe they can easily look back to past chapters or scenes to realize who certain characters are; however, for larger novels, it becomes harder to find specific pages that the characters were first mentioned in. After a few chapters, the reader is able to clearly identify the main characters that would be involved in the final situation. Learning these characters’ names and relationships with other character occurs much quicker with the accumulating character list.

                Throughout the novel, new relationships were being developed while old relationships were either sustained or forgotten. Due to the large amount of characters, keeping track of all the relationships between the town members was a bit of a challenge.  There were many families yet also many individuals without a family that were still involved. Small groups filled with their own personal issues had been involved with the main issue, and, in this case, was the vampires taking over the town. Townspeople were disappearing. Families were suffering from these disappearances. Family members were getting sick more often. People were not being seen as often as they were before. Keeping track of all these issues contributed to the main purpose, which was getting rid of the vampires that had taken over the entire town.

                The author also wrote scenes with a great deal of vocabulary to help support how to explain the individuals’ actions, emotions, and environments. A dictionary should be kept by the reader’s side to have quick and easy access. It is also recommended to reread certain scenes to fully understand what was going on and who was involved. Knowing the definition of each word in the sentence will help the reader to understand what the sentence is trying to prove or explain. There are moments where scenes are fast-forwarded and specific details had to be interpreted by what was given. Slowing down and mapping out what is occurring during the scene can help the reader a great deal to understand how it connects to the main idea. Other moments contained actions that involved information that had to be remembered from previous chapters, and this required me to look back to review. This proves that keeping track of characters, relationships, and situations is a large portion of reading the novel.

                Although it is a challenge to keep track of characters, to keep track of characters’ relationships, and to completely understand a scene and its vocabulary, there are many ways to help the reader understand these sections. A list of characters of the novel should be kept by the reader to be able to remember certain relationships throughout the rest of the chapters. The reader can also keep a list of main problems or issues that occur between each characters because these matters can help contribute to the main puzzle of the novel. A dictionary should be kept alongside the reader to make sure they can contribute to certain words that must be understood. Once vocabulary is recognized, the sentence or the large scene can be figured out and connected to the main issue of the novel. There are always ways to help the reader understand how to read every single type of novel.