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Classic British Literature
Transcript of Classic British Literature
1) Beowulf (Traditional)[700-1000]
2) Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
3) Utopia (Sir Thomas More)
4) The Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan)
5) Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
6) Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
7) A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
8) A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
9) Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
10) Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
The Canterbury Tales:
The Canterbury Tales depicts Pilgrims en route to the holy relics of Canterbury having a story-telling contest, with the stories making up the Anthology.
“To telle yow al the condicioun,Of ech of them, so as it seemed me,And whiche they weren, and of what degree,And eek in what array that they were inne,And at a knight than wol I first bigynne.” Beowulf:
Beowulf is a warrior who must fight a monster named Grendel, his mother, and a dragon.
“Hwæt! we Gardena in gear-dagum theodcyninga, thrym gefrunon, hu tha æthelingas ellen fremedon” Utopia:
Utopia describes a fictional island on which resides the perfect society.
“Sermonis qvem Raphael Hythlodaevs uir Eximivs,
de optimo reipvblicae statv habvit liber primvs,
per illvstrem uirvm Thomam Morvm inclytae
Britanniarvm urbis Londini et civem, et uicecomitem.” Robinson Crusoe:
When he crashes on a deserted island, Robinson Crusoe must find his way through.
“I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of this country, my father being a foreigner, who settled firsƒt at Hull.” Auld Lang Syne:
This poem is about a reminiscing of an old friend
Excerpt:“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind ?Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and auld lang syne ?” Oliver Twist: This book is about a poor orphan named Oliver Twist.
Excerpt:“I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.”
A Christmas Carol: When four ghosts terrify him, previously non-believer and miser Ebenezer Scrooge finally believes in Christmas.
Excerpt:“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.Their faithful Friend and Servant,C. D. December, 1843.” A Tale of Two Cities: This book is about the French Revolution, specifically Paris and London (The Two Cities) during that Time.
Excerpt: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Treasure Island: This book is about a pirate named Long John Silver.
Excerpt: “I remember him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow—a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man, his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulder of his soiled blue coat, his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails, and the sabre cut across one cheek, a dirty, livid white.” My List of Classic British Literature
By Ian McCann
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
This book is about a Doctor named Henry Jekyll, who becomes interested in the duality of human nature and makes a potion to turn him into the evil Mr. Edward Hyde, though his friends don’t know, and neither does the reader, that they are the same person until the end.
“Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable.”
The Pilgrims Progress:
This book is about a pilgrim looking for deliverance, in an allegorical style
Excerpt:"And behold there was a very stately palace before him, the name of which was Beautiful."