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May 27, 2013

Armchair BEA: Classics

Classics


I have always been a fan of classics such as Grapes of Wraith, Shakespeare (Midsummer Night & Hamlet), Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby.

 
 
I often what makes a classic a classic? A classic is defined as "Usually, a classic will hold a depth, that no one can hope to understand. It creates a profound statement, at society or politics, that still holds truth even long after. It's not something that holds true for a couple of years and withers away. It transcends the basic notions of a good book. To use the cliche phrase, it's timeless."

When reading books required in English I would listen to fellow students complain about not wanting to read Hamlet. I would be the girl asking the teacher if my own copy would be allowed because I do not like the version with present day translation. I would then be the girl constantly chosen to read because others did not want to or the teacher just like my enthusiasm for the story.

I`m not sure why I like to pick up classics and reread them but I just do. Even though they were written along time ago there are parts that I can relate to as well as learn from with just a few modernizing ideas.

I encourage everyone to try a Classic before they knock `em. You never know what a good old book might teach you when you are in a bind.

12 comments:

  1. LOL we read Hamlet in my first year in Uni as well, and I loved it! I love a lot of different things by Shakespeare, though :)

    The Great Gatsby is a little stalkerish in my opinion, he creeps me out, but the writing is excellent!

    It's nice to meet you, Ashley, I hope we'll get to chat more during the Armchair BEA event this week.

    Lexxie

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    1. Gatsby is a stalker.. have you seen the movie. If I was to find out my old fling lived right across a lake from me I would freak out and move away.

      Shakespeare is a definite favorite of mine and Midsummer just sticks out because it was the first I ever read that got me hooked on him.

      Thanks I look forward to your posts on Armchair BEA

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  2. Totally agree with you- Classics have such great plots and writing that they are books that people want to revisit!

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    1. It important that people go and reread books. Those are the books that teach us something about life.

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  3. I love that quote! I completely agree with it. I said on my post that classics seem to have these subtleties that you don't even realize until a second or third reading. I love that!

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    1. rereading is so important that is when we see those lessons we over look in the first reading.

      I think having this blog has made me a critical reader more so now that I want to communicate with others what my thoughts are.

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  4. I have had some favorites among the classics....and while many were read long ago, I read To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye for the first time in just the past couple of years.

    For more about my favorites, here's MY ARMCHAIR BEA POST

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    1. Just followed you.

      I love to Kill a Mockingbird it has such a timeless moral that I think high schoolers should stop complaining about it and just listen to the message.

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  5. Would you consider Hamlet to be your favorite piece of Classic literature? If so, why? If not - I'd love to hear what is your favorite, and why. :)

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    1. Hamlet is actually not my favorite but it is completely different then the first Shakespeare book I read which was Midsummers Night Dream. I like his style of writing as well as how diverse his stories are.

      I do not really have a favorite classic... yet

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  6. I was reading Poe in the 5th grade so I know what you mean. Except I was too shy to read in class much. :)

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  7. I was always a read-ahead-er in class. I never knew where we were when we'd read aloud!

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