Why should one have read the following before hitting adulthood:
a. The list below covers a wide spectrum of characters from many walks of life. (The wider the spectrum the better a person can problem solve how to react to all kinds of people in the world, create more compassion and acceptance and open mindedness towards others, and even come to appreciate all walks of life.)
b. To have an awareness that there is good and evil in the world and how to respond to it as well as what consequences our choices can lead to in the end is a good reminder to anyone that we should all look before we leap.
1 Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
2 1894 by George Orwell
3 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
4 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
5 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
6 Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories Collection
7 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
8 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
9 The Pearl by John Steinbeck
10 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Websites that cover character analysis and examines good and evil in classic novels:
There are so many things you can learn about, but
You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.
Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
Reading classic fiction, whether fantasy or realistic, is a key lesson in life. If a single phrase from a book lingers in the mind after it’s over, the book has made an imprint on the future. Most lovers of classic fiction can name that one underlying quote from their favorites. Can you?