Here's a sample:
Analyzing a James Joyce short story, a student wrote:
“Eveline is caught between a rock and a hard ball.”
Just slightly more painful than between a pebble and a softball.
A student explained the ending of Hamlet this way:
“But just before Hamlet dies, Fortinbras arrives and Hamlet thrones him King of Denmark.”
The ceremony is akin to royal musical chairs.
In an attempt to critique a poem, a student explained that:
“These were not your normal six to eight line sonnets.”
I find six-line sonnets banal and eight-line sonnets somewhat stifling.
Of the symbolic import of dust in Joyce’s “Eveline” a student wrote:
“Dust is mentioned so often in my mind, because it represents an old life…”
Gotta wash that dust right out of your mind!
Another fascinating observation:
“Eveline starts realizing that she did make a promise to upload the family before she dies.”
Obviously to a far, far better place.
Do you have some interesting malaprops or other writing faux pas? Please send them along to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be happy to post them and, of course, give credit where credit is due.