Why reading classics is crucial?

A classic is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy it can be applied to works of literature from all traditions. Classic literature is important because it opens up a perspective to different worlds and historical perspectives. It helps in social development.

WHY CLASSICS?

  • The classics gives us moral messages.
  • Increase in vocabulary.
  • Historical and cultural knowledge.
  • It challenges critical thinking.
  • Teaches more about the past.
  • It cultivates wisdom.
  • Understand every walk of life.
  • Different world and historical perspectives.

Here are few books for you to start with;

Classic’s cover would be old and dull is a myth. There are lots of pretty editions for classics. I started classics with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen follows the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Ms. Elizabeth Bennet. They face Pride and Prejudice, in order for their relationship to work, they should overcome it. The family is relatable even today. The book depicts women’s reputation is important in society. I’m sure you would enjoy this book.

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ANIMAL FARM by GEORGE ORWELL

Why is this book a classic? It has universal theme which is tyrannical government. It is a satirical novella by Orwell. If you are interested in politics, this is a must read for you.

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES by CHARLES DICKENS

The story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. It deals with the possibility of resurrection and transformation. The moral is remarkable. It has the element of history and love. It was an incredible read for me.

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WUTHERING HEIGHTS by EMILY BRONTË

The book deals with love, rage, betrayal and envy. The love between Heathcliff and Catherine would destroy them and the people around them. Such a pretty cover for an affordable rate.

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LORD OF THE FLIES by WILLIAM GOLDING

A classic for not just children but adults too. Lord of the flies follows the story of a group of boys who got landed up on an island. They don’t have adult supervision. How will they follow the order? It is a book about innocence and the loss of it. A gripping tale about social disintegration.

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ARE CLASSICS MANDATORY?

Absolutely not. Classics are another option for you to appreciate literature. However, if you are a literature student classics are part of your syllabus. Hence, might be mandatory. Reading a book is your choice if you don’t like a book you can DNF without feeling guilty.

Authors take inspiration from classics. The style, language can be difficult to understand. Sometimes lack of knowledge about the particular era might end up confusing us. People think classics are old and predictable, they wish to read something fresh.

You should not read classic if you are not having fun.

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.”

ARE CLASSICS RELEVANT?

It is relevant as it gives insight and is highly relatable even today. Classics are classic for a reason, they are universal and timeless.

Thank you for reading!