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10 Classics Of English Literature You Can’t Not Read

Sense and Sensibility

England is the place that produced many literary talents, contributing to the development of world literature. These talents have created many excellent works, belonging to the ranks of the classics of mankind, whose value remains with time.

Let’s explore 10 classic books of English literature that you cannot help but read.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice

As the most widely received work of the famous writer Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice” tells about the passionate love in the English countryside in the 19th century between the proud Darcy and the lady. Elizabeth Bennet carries heavy prejudices about the opponent. With a delicate look and rare talent, Jane Austen recounted not only a love story of two people who had to overcome many challenges to realize each other’s good qualities and their feelings for each other.

Above all, the work is also a sharp and witty satire for the sarcastic elements of the bourgeois society, always taking money as a measure of marriage and happiness. For that reason, “Pride and Prejudice” is always a valuable work not only in the era the author lived, but also to this day.

The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings

Set in the fantasy world of Middle-earth, “The Lord of the Rings” is the story of the Ring War initiated by the dark lord Sauron.

With the stature of a massive three-volume epic, the work has captivated generations of readers, especially those who love fantasy novels. The journey of the hobbits Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin to destroy the Master Ring, thereby stopping Sauron’s will to take over the Middle Earth, is also the journey of ordinary characters but with determination and determination. Courage was able to do extraordinary things.

J. R. R. Tolkien’s contribution to this kind of fantasy through this epic is undeniable. And “The Lord of the Rings” is always a work that anyone exploring this genre must-read.

The secret garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

The secret garden
The secret garden

Mary Lennox, orphaned by both parents, has to live at her uncle’s house in the Yorkshire wilderness, England. Here, she gets acquainted with the master Colin – the owner of the mysterious cry Mary always hears every night. Together with Dickon – a boy who can tame and talk to animals, all three have discovered a secret garden, where a variety of flowers sprout when spring comes.

With its lively style and pure linguistic and emotional values, a children’s fantasy novel has become a work that lives on with time. It all lies in the ability to arouse belief in life, in the good things that will appear through the image of the secret garden, which even adults can feel and experience.

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility is a story that focuses mainly on the Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne, two people who possess two opposing personalities. Elinor is a person who lives according to reason, always emphasizes reason, restraint and responsibility. Meanwhile, sister Marianne is a person who lives by affection, behaving in a very romantic, outgoing and indifferent way.

But despite their differences in personality, both were two young women living in a money-driven British bourgeois society. Jane Austen used her characteristic stubborn pen to criticize the ungainly, selfish habits of the people in the society surrounding money. At the same time, through the character Elinor, the author also highly appreciates the use of reason in social relationships, especially in emotional relationships.

Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

The famous love of all time between Romeo and Juliet, from two families carrying the feudal feud of Montague and Capulet, has been turned into an immortal story in his play “Romeo and Juliet” by the great poet William Shakespeare.

All elements of an unfortunate couple converge enough in the main character pair, leading to climactic tragedies and eventually death. However, the value of “Romeo and Juliet” not only lies in the meaninglessness of hatred, which becomes an inhuman obstacle that makes two people who love each other not free to come together.

The residue of “Romeo and Juliet” lies in honoring the power of love – beautiful sentiment capable of dissolving hatred between the two clans.

The Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

The Wuthering Heights
The Wuthering Heights

The Wuthering Heights is the only novel by Emily Brontë to be completed and published. The work is a fierce and mysterious chorus of unruly love between the personality Catherine Earnshaw and the adoptive son of the Earnshaw family, Heathcliff, always with ambition to possess. It all took place in the lonely and primitive English countryside, adding to the despair of a love that did not have a happy ending.

With this work, Emily Bronte has ignored all literary conventions of the 19th century to produce a masterpiece that touches the deepest levels of human emotion, in love, jealousy and hatred. Along with each other in a passionate passion.

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Great Expectations
Great Expectations

Despite growing up orphaned and poor in a British swamp, the young Pip has always dreamed of becoming a gentleman. Fate brings him to various encounters, with the unexpected promise of a huge fortune that Pip will inherit. That promise has swept all the characters in the story into a thrilling spiral of truths that gradually revealed, and at the same time, Pip’s growth from a poor boy to a gentleman. Through Pip’s journey, author Charles Dickens also tells a story that touches the core lessons of being human.

Over the years, “Great Expectations” has remained the favorite classic of both readers and critics, and is considered the best work of Charles Dickens.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre

Orphaned from a young age, Jane Eyre had to stand alone in a world that always saw her on the edge of society. The young woman’s courage was tested again when she went to Thornfield Hall to take a tutoring job for little Adèle, then fell in love with her boss, Sir Edward Rochester. However, there was a secret lurking inside the gloomy Thornfield Hall mansion that threatened to destroy Jane’s happiness forever.

More than a love story and gothic-tinged, “Jane Eyre” is an affirmation of a girl’s energy on her way to happiness and mastery of life in the middle of the 19th century, when yet women are still unable to escape the norms imposed on them in terms of role and status.

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows

Launched to readers for the first time in 1908, “The Wind in the Willows” has become one of the classics for children, constantly being reprinted and captivating all generations of readers. The story is an adventure journey of four friends: Mole, Water Mouse, Uncle Me and the Toad. That journey has brought the main characters to many interesting stories, poetic and magical scenes, like fairy dreams that all ages can be passionate about.

With this work, Kenneth Grahame sent a message about the vibrancy and color of the vast world, and emphasized the spirit of commitment to adventure, to explore the exciting life that awaits outside the warm and quiet house.

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

Although the work was written before the fantasy series “Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit” is still a story of separate stature. With “The Hobbit”, JRR Tolkien laid the first foundations for the modern fantasy novel line of the 20th century. The story is the dangerous adventure of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to regain his gold store. dwarfs have long been lost in oblivion.

With a voice that is both humorous and intelligent, and clever and attractive depictions of the vast Middle-earth world, the work deserves to be seen as a fairy tale for young people. At the same time, it also reached the level of a virtual literary fantasy that captivates all-time readers.

Related:

The Cambridge Companion to English Literature

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