Reality can be spoken into existence, and the mechanism is words. When an inspired artist pens these words, they become glorious in their own form. Beautifully written classics lift the human soul above its mortal coil. We experience very nearly the apex of soul reverberation.

 

Picking these 8 literary classics was not an easy task at hand as there are just so many masterpieces yearning to be read. If you’re not an avid reader, you should at least take the time to read these books. They are known as classics for a reason.

1) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

This tumultuous tale of life in a bleak farmhouse on the Yorkshire moors is not your run-of-the-mill love story, but rather a poignant story of revenge. Mainly, this story revolves around characters who can’t quite control their emotions and that leads to violence and revenge that spans across 2 generations and families

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2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

This classic novel is by Emily Bronte’s older sister and it has quite a substantial number of film adaptations. It is a tale of a young governess, Jane Eyre and it focuses on her transition to adulthood told from her own perspective. It is a coming-of-age story that surrounds Jane’s quest for romantic love and also, a sense of belonging.

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3) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but I hope into a better shape.”

Yet another coming-of-age story and arguably, one of the greatest ever told. Charles Dickens is known for his witty humour and this book is no exception. The moral of this story is to show that conscience, loyalty and affection are far more essential than social advancement, wealth and class in life. The story revolves around an orphan and his desire for self-improvement.

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4) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

This story is based on Oscar Wilde’s philosophical approach to art. He lived by the principle that art serves no purpose but to offer beauty. This book is one of literature’s greatest study of shallowness, vanity, casual cruelty and hedonistic selfishness. Wilde’s gift for prose and dialogue is apparent in this novel.

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5) The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

This book stands as the supreme achievement of Fitzgerald’s career. This novel revolves around the story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan and of lavish parties. Exploring deception and tragically misplaced devotion, this book represents  the truth of the promises of life.

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6) Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare

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“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

There is no way this list doesn’t include a play by William Shakespeare. Every Shakespeare play is a classic, of course but for the sake of choosing, I’ve picked one of his best-loved comedies. This enchanting story of magic and fairies revolves around the troubles of romance and on the enigmatic concept of dreams.

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7) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

This book is a winner of a Pulitzer and if you’ve not heard of it, then you definitely have been living under a rock. This is a captivating read but not for the light-hearted. This story deals with strong themes of rape, racism and social injustice. What makes it interesting is that it is loosely based on the author’s own life.

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8) 1984 by George Orwell

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“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”

Written about 35 years before its dated title, 1984 makes for a depressing but essential read. It depicts Orwell’s vision of a dystopian future dominated by totalitarian state surveillance (Big Brother) mind control and perpetual war. While you read this novel, ask yourself how close is today’s society to his prediction?

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