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What makes a classic novel?

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Misha Swali

on 17 May 2013

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Nimisha Swali What makes a classic novel? Timeless Universal Well Written Sticks with you Examples of Classic Novels Examples of Books today that could become classics Conclusion Can withstand the test of time
Can be applied to any time period
Themes can be applied to any time period
Represents the time period when it was written Can always be relatable
Can be applied to many different things
Everyone can relate to the themes
Can be applied to everyone’s life Powerful language
Great use of literary devices
Uses diverse language
Uses metaphors that can be applied to many things other than just the book
Uses language that makes the book apply to more than the plot
Inspires emotional response
Great Symbols
Style unique to author Every time you read, you see more
After you’re done, you still think about it
Can see it in everyday life
Important lines and characters stick with you and are used in everyday conversations
Mad as Ahab
Moby Dick
"Method to his madness"
"To be or not to be" Classic novels are timeless, universal, well-written and will stick with you

Be proud - you've read a lot of them!

“Classic' - a book which people praise and don't read.”
- Mark Twain How many can you think of? Booming twenties
"New Money"
American Dream "I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 3 A Classic Novel Timeless Sticks with you What makes a classic novel? Universal Well Written The Sun Also Rises Aimlessness of theLost Generation
Finding your own way
Excessive Drinking
Casualties of war
Physical “Don't you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you're not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you've lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises Moby Dick About EVERYTHING!
Can be applied to modern life
Plot about hunting a whale
Through symbolism, figurative language, and literary techniques, Melville makes the book about so much more than a whale I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick The Crucible McCarthyism
Desire for power “We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible 1984 Big Brother is watching
Today - AP reporter scandals Notable Quotes “Call me Ishmael.”
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
"With the landless gull, that at sunset folds her wings and is rocked to sleep between billows; so at nightfall, the Nantucketer, out of sight of land, furls his sails, and lays him to his rest, while under his very pillow rush herds of walruses and whales."
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
"Now small fowls flew screaming over the yet yawning gulf; a sullen white surf beat against its steep sides; then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago."
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
"Consider all this; and then turn to this green, gentle, and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself?"
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
"Let Ahab beware of Ahab"
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
- George Orwell, 1984
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right.”
- Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
“and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”
-John Steinbeck, The Grapes of
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet “Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel...”
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. ”
-Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
“Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
"And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out Daisy's light at the end of his dock. He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby “Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth The Kite Runner “There is a way to be good again...”
- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner The Hunger Games “I'm more than just a piece in their Games.”
- Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games Harry Potter “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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