What I Learned from the Classics

My brother once told me that the definition of a “classic” was a book that everyone knows about but no one reads. Aside from the obvious attempt at being snarky, he was right about one thing. Sometimes people don’t think that the “classics” are applicable to life as we know it. This makes me sad; so, I chose a few of my favorite works and set out to prove that these literary masterpieces are worth your time. Not only do they provide humorous insight, they also impart valuable lessons about life, character, and relationships.

Please note that snarkiness (is that a word?) may or may not run in my family, so I couldn’t be completely prim and proper as I wrote this. Here we go.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens:third wheeling pic

  • No one is ever too far gone to turn his or her life around. Sydney Carton’s ultimate sacrifice illustrated this beautifully.
  • Doing the right thing isn’t always easy; it usually requires self-sacrifice.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

  • Money can’t buy happiness.
  • Optimism is a wonderful trait, but people aren’t perfect; they might let you down.
  • Calling someone “old sport” is no longer a thing (At least not in America).

Lord of the Flies by William Golding:

  • The struggle for survival can sometimes break the strongest of principles.
  • Doing the right thing can alienate you from people you thought you knew.
  • Never underestimate the power of a hungry boy.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte:

  • Never back down on your convictions. Do what you know is right, whether it is convenient or not.
  • Be careful who you marry – people be crazy.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway:

  • Never, ever give up. Also, sharks are jerks.
  • Survival of the fittest: some people don’t choose to destroy you, but instead take aim at your greatest accomplishment.
  • Never, ever give up.
  • After you’ve accomplished what you set out to do, take a nap.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:

  • Making up words is easier than you think.
  • Don’t do drugs.

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift:

  • In which you could call someone a Yahoo, and you’d be right.
  • England and Ireland did not get along
  • Never go on a cruise.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien:

  • Good is worth fighting for.
  • He should have gone to Jared.

Written by Carilee

(photo credit: pinterest.com)


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