The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales (mostly written in verse although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return.
Pride and Prejudice may be Jane Austen’s most well-known and popular classic novel, but Sense and Sensibility has always been my favorite. The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, are two sides of the feminine personality coin — Elinor, so serious, who must think long and deeply about everything before she speaks or acts, and Marianne, the epitome of the Romantic ideal, lovely and emotional and impulsive — the perfect romantic heroine.
“All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby-Dick.”—Moby Dick
Written in 1851 Moby Dick is a classic novel by Herman Melville, in which the sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain’s self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby-Dick.
Frankenstein is a monster that was made up from the body parts and organs of the dead, by Dr. Frankenstein himself. When the monster was complete Dr. Frankenstein shouted “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!” when actually Frankenstein was never really alive, because if you look over the five characteristics of life Frankenstein does not have all of them so he could never have actually been alive. Hope this helped! Frankenstein is the last name of the scientist who created the monster. The monster is never given a name. It can be assumed that Frankenstein is a fitting name for the monster, since he is, in a way, Victor’s offspring, therefore should share his last name. However, nowhere in the novel does the monster get referred to as “Frankenstein.”
Also, the “it’s alive” is truly only in the movie. In the classic book, Victor runs away in fear when the monster comes to life.
I think that the moral of this story is good always triumphs. After ruining d’Artagnan’s life Milady escaped and leaved no traces behind. She through her good luck managed to kill Madame Bonacieux. However, the Three Musketeers and d’Artagnan managed to capture her and kill her.
Alonso, the king of Naples, is returning from his daughter’s wedding in Tunis. He is accompanied by his son, Ferdinand, his brother, Sebastain, and Antonio, the Duke of Milan. An old Milanese courtier, Gonzalo, is also on board. The ship is wrecked in a storm and all the passengers and crew are thrown into the furious sea.
Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, and his fifteen year-old daughter, Miranda, are watching the shipwreck from an island. He tells her, for the first time, how they came to be on the island. Twelve years before, when he had been Duke of Milan, his brother Antonio, had usurped him, but with Gonzalo’s help he had escaped in a small boat with his baby daughter, Miranda, and his library of books about magic. They had ended up on the island and Prospero had turned the only inhabitant, Caliban, a deformed and savage creature, into his slave. There are also spirits on the island. One of them, Ariel, had been imprisoned in a tree trunk by Caliban’s mother, the witch, Sycorax, who had then died. Prospero used his magic abilities to rescue him and he made the spirit swear to serve him.
The ship’s passengers are cast up on the island unharmed, and even their clothes are not wet or damaged. Alonso believes his son to be dead but Ferdinand has landed on another part of the island. He encounters Miranda and they fall in love at first sight. He is the first man, apart from her father and Caliban that she has ever seen. Prospero puts Ferdinand to work manually, controlling all his movements with magic. Ariel pesters Prospero for his freedom and Prospero promises it once he has done some things for him, regarding the newcomers.
Arial leads the party towards Prospero’s cell. During this journey Antonio and Sebastian plan to kill Alonso so that Sebastian can be king. Two other members of the party, Trinculo, the court jester, and Stephano, a boisterous butler, are also wandering about on the island. Caliban recruits them to help him overthrow Prospero. They all get drunk then set off for Prospero’s cell. Ariel reports the plot to Prospero.
Prospero has released Ferdinand and given his blessing to the marriage of the two young people. When the three would-be usurpers arrive at his cell they are distracted by some brightly coloured clothes that have been hung out for them, then they are chased away by a band of spirits who have taken on the form of dogs.
Ariel brings the party to the cell. Prospero renounces his magic and reveals himself. He forgives his brother and prepares to return to Milan to resume his dukedom. Miranda and Ferdinand are betrothed. Sailors arrive and announce that the ship hasn’t been wrecked after all, and is safely anchored off the island. Ariel is set free. Caliban and the drunken servants are also forgiven. There is a final celebration of their reunion.
“Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and, burning with curiosity, she ran…”—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Even though I enjoyed reading the book, I want to make a few changes in the book. The first change I would make is to make the character of Milady not so evil.There are sometimes that I wished she would die a horrible death in the book. The next thing I would like to change is the musketeers’ behaviour. Even though the musketeers are highly valued in Paris, they are too proud. Whenever there is a slight problem, they resolve the problem with a duel. The final thing that I would like to change in the book is that d’Artagnan marries Madame Bonacieux in the end.D’Artagnan has gone through a lot to try to save Madame Bonacieux but she dies in the last moment because she was poisoned. I believe d’Artagnan deserves to marry Madame Bonacieux and they would live happily ever after.
My favourite character in this book is d’Artagnan. He left home with 11 crowns a horse and a few words of advice from his father and became the lieutenant of musketeers and became rich. In the first part of the book when he was almost penniless, Monsieur Treville wanted to lend him some money. He refused the offer and said “ I came to Paris myself with four crowns in my pocket and I would have slaughtered anyone who dared say that I was not rich enough to buy the Louvre”. I admire his behaviour as a gentleman but the only thing that I dislike about him is his ego. When somebody makes a joke about him, he wants to settle the matter with a duel. Besides that he has a good heart and would serve the King until the day he dies.
I know i said much ado about nothing was my favourite book but just remembered a little princess. I swear that book, A Little Princess is a riches-to-rags-to-riches story, in which the main character, Sara Crewe, loses everything she holds dear. When she is first sent to boarding school while her father is abroad, Sara is the darling of the teachers and the envy of all the other girls—mainly because of the way her father dotes on her, showering her with gifts and love.
Sara’s innocence quickly comes to an end when her father is killed in India. With her financial security no longer certain and her tuition no longer paid, the teachers and other students begin to treat her in a radically different manner. Sara’s education is halted; all of her pretty, expensive things are taken away, and she is transferred upstairs, to a tiny maid’s room in the attic. Now that she is a pauper—unable to pay for her keep—Sara suffers cruelty at the hands of her former friends. The most pronounced mistreatment comes from the school’s owner, the stern Miss Minchin.During her servitude, Sara maintains her spirits as much as possible, impressing her former friends (and infuriating Miss Minchin) with her ability to act like a princess even when she is dressed in black rags, overworked and underfed. Eventually Sara’s enduring optimism rewards her with a chance to regain much of what she has lost: she makes friends with an Indian gentleman in the neighboring house, and eventually discovers that he was her father’s dearest friend.
As fate would have it, Sara’s new friend has been searching for her since her father’s death. Thanks to Miss Minchin’s heartlessness, Sara had all but disappeared; and it turns out that Sara is a pauper no longer, but the heiress of an impressive fortune.
This is another one of those books that I was absolutely NOT in to. Obviously and predictably, I had to read it for school,and the thought of it exhausted me. But then – I read it. I don’t know, I just loved this book. It made me realize that you don’t need exciting and dramatic and silly teenage plot lines or up-to-date material to be a good book. At that time I was pretty much living in the world of Sweet Valley High and Babysitters Club and this book – well, it reminded me of what a book should be like.
The play opens with Macbeth and Banquo, two of the Scottish King Duncan’s generals returning from battle when they encounter three witches in the woods. The witches tell Macbeth of how he will become the Thane of Cawdor and then the King of Scotland. For Banquo, they prophesize that he will beget the line of Scottish Kings, though he will never become king himself. The two are sufficiently skeptical and continue their journey home.
However, when the two come closer to the encampment, they are presented with a messenger from King Duncan who announces that Macbeth has been made the Thane of Cawdor, immediately putting the prophecy into perspective, making Macbeth wonder how he might become king. He invites Duncan to dine at his castle that evening and goes ahead to tell his wife of the day’s events.
Unlike Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is very sure of her husband’s future, desiring the throne and telling him that they must murder Duncan to ensure his ascension. Immediately upon returning to his castle, Lady Macbeth is able to convince her husband to take initiative and murder Duncan that very night.
The two plan to get Duncan’s chamberlains drunk enough that they will not remember the evening and blame them for the murder. When the body of Duncan is discovered in the morning, Macbeth quickly kills the “culprits” and assumes the kingship. All the while, Duncan’s sons flee the country, afraid for their own lives.
Immediately, Macbeth’s misgivings and trust in the prophecies force his hand in the murder of Banquo and his son Fleance as well, afraid that his heirs will seize the throne. Successfully killing Banquo, the murderers fail to kill Fleance.
The night of his murder, Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth and sends him into hysteria, scaring his guests and angering his wife. His very presence as the king of Scotland has angered the other nobles and further incites Macbeth’s misgivings and paranoia.
To ease his fears, he visits the witches again and they offer to him more prophecies. He must beware of Macduff, a chief opponent to Macbeth taking the throne. He cannot be harmed by any man born of woman and he is safe until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Castle. He returns home and finds that Macduff has fled to England to join Malcom. In fear, Macbeth seizes Macduff’s castle and orders the murder of his wife and children, inciting Macduff to further rage. With Malcom, the two raise an army and ride to Scotland to take on Macbeth with the support of the Scottish nobles who fear Macbeth’s tyranny and murderous ways.
While Macbeth awaits his opponents, Lady Macbeth is in the process of going mad, unable to wash the blood from her hands. The news of her suicide reaches Macbeth directly before the arrival of the English forces and sends him into an even deeper despair. He awaits confidently as the prophecy foretold his invulnerability. However, Macduff’s forces arrive under the cover of boughs cut from Birnam wood. When Macbeth is finally confronted by Macduff after his forces have been overwhelmed, Macduff announces that he was “ripped from his mother’s womb” not born and ultimately defeats and beheads Macbeth, handing the crown back to Malcolm, the rightful heir.
Oh yeah! I’ve read that book. I absolutely love it. After reading the book, I learnt a lot about the old times and how life used to be. For example, most girls married not for love but for security. I’ve recently watched the new film and many parts that are in the book aren’t in the film that I felt should be. Overall very sweet love story. The way Jane Austen has linked the characters together could not have been more well done. One of the best novels I have read !!! Jane Austen was so creative and intelligent! I love seeing what she does to make you keep thinking about the story and how much of the stuff is so true of life. - Demilade
So I’m up doing homework, so I decided to post something on here. I noticed that Osarieme mentioned her favorite classic book, so I’ll do the same. Mine’s Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespear. The main reason I love the book is because of the content. I’m a sucker for romance :) I loved the beginning, the middle, but I am not a big fan of how the book ended. I know its meant to be a trragic-romance story. But i’m just not into tragic stories that much. Its a really amazing story though. If you haven’t read it yet, I advice you to do that now! GO GO!
That’s all for tonight, got to get back to my homework. Goodnight.
Great classics like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Homer’s Iliad have been made into movies. Of course, it’s nothing new. Over the years, many fantastic movies have been based on literary classics: Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, and Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleeping Hollow.” But i am starting to wonder if every book made will soon be a movie!
Dracula was a fictional character from a classic novel by the same name, written in 1897 by Bram Stoker.
He was named for the notoriously cruel and real-life Vlad III Tepes (1431 - 76), a ruler of Walachia, whose epithet was Dracula (“Son of the Dragon”). Vlad was said to have put to death 20,000 men, women, and children by impaling them upright on stakes.
Note also that Vlad the Impaler’s father was named “Vlad II Dracul”.
The Dracula character became a stock figure in the horror repertoire, portrayed with varying degrees of sympathy and repulsion.
Do you like the book much ado about nothing. If you do why?
I love Much ado about Nothing its basically a comedic play written by Shakespeare. It took place in Messina, Italy during the time of the Renaissance. This play is about two couples, and the conflicts which center on them and their families. Once couple is Claudio and Hero, and the other is Beatrice and Benedick. It is a witty play filled with love, humour and deception. The climax of a story is the most intense part, where there is a turning point in the plot. The climax of this play is when Claudio rejects Hero when they were about to get married. He accuses her of being unfaithful. Don Pedro supports Claudio whereas Benedick sides with Hero and Beatrice.if you haven’t read this book you better.;)
Some people complain about the racism in Twain's books. Does the racism of that time period bother you in the same was a modern writer making racist comments would?
No and yes. I’ll explain. I didn’t find the use of the n-word to be negative in this book. I didn’t think it was used in a negative way. It wasn’t a slam or a slur. It wasn’t a hate-filled word. Tom was not using it venomously. It was used a handful of times it’s true. But it was casual. I think looked at in context, it was just a word that was common, casual, and natural at that time period. It just was.
i liked the way the book took me “back in time,” what I’m referring to is that not only was it a beautiful love story but it helps people understand the way of life of the British people of that time period. the importance of marriage to young girls, how important it was to be accomplished young lady (piano, foreign languages, etc), the being out or having a governess (remember Mr.Darcy’s aunt talking to Elizabeth Bennett). or even the balls and how the girls felt when danced more then once with the person they like (Jane and Mr Bingley). it gave me an insight on how normal life really was for them.