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Here Are the Most Relatable Characters in Classic Literature

It’s funny how throughout modern day high schools, a great deal of the books that students read from different institutions around the world are actually the same. From classic American literature novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill A Mockingbird, or The Catcher in the Rye, to Shakespeare’s plays, many of these pieces have narrative elements that students can really learn from. Although these stories do take place in a time so far away from ours, there is no doubt the social, moral, and political components they cover are still relevant today. Even though these characters are much older than students today, they are still incredibly relatable.

As Stephen King has appropriately said, “The primary duty of literature is to tell us the truth about ourselves by telling us lies about people who never existed.”

Here are the most relatable characters from classic literature:

 

Holden Caulfield

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Book: The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield is a symbol for teenage rebellion. The main character from The Catcher in the Rye, his blunt humanity and desire to distance himself from other people makes him extremely relatable, especially to high schoolers. He despises the adult world, yet through his narration, clearly exposes his naivety. It has been said that JD Salinger, the author of the book, related deeply to Holden, and that he was protective of the character. He didn’t want the book to be filmed, or have any other writers use the character. Depressed, anxious, thoughtful, insightful, horny, Holden is a character so easy to connect with. He despises the lack of authenticity in the adult world, yet likes the idea of independence. Although this book is required reading in various institutions by English curriculums, it is also banned in some school libraries for its encouragement of rebellion and use of profanity.

 

 

Henry Jekyll

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Book: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886, but the narrative was way ahead of its time. It is about the belief that humans have both good and evil natures, or rather, human and animal instincts. It depicts a respectable doctor who feels he is battling the good and evil aspects within himself. In response to this, he creates a potion in an attempt to reveal the evil which is masked by his reputable personality. This potion turns him into his alter ego, Edward Hyde, less of a man and more of a beast. Mr. Hyde is powered by the constant consumption of human vices, such as alcohol and sex. It’s as if Dr. Jekyll is who you are ordinarily, but Mr. Hyde is who you become when you’ve had a little too much to drink at the bar. When Dr. Jekyll is tired of the confines of his monotonous life, he drinks the potion to engage in wickedness and lose his inhibitions. Just like any student, you work hard all year and sometimes experience failures. Weekends will arrive and you may want to “drink your potion,” and take on Mr. Hyde’s lifestyle.

 

Bilbo Baggins

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Book: The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins is a representation of human nature. Although he is of a race of people that are about half the size of human beings, like most of us, he loves the comfort and security of his home. He is fond of good food, and smoking his pipe in the solace of his own home. Yet, deep within himself, he has a thirst for adventure and wants more excitement in his life. Gandalf the Wizard invites him on an adventure which asks him to do more than he thinks is capable of. A common dilemma within human psychology, he is afraid to make brave decisions and leave his comfort zone, but is more than capable of doing so.

 

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First Look at the Cast of Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake

Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story has gone into production. Featuring a cast of newcomers alongside established actors, it follows rival gangs, The Jets and The Sharks, who butt heads when the sister of The Sharks’ leader, Maria, falls in love with the friend of The Jets’ leader, Tony.

 

 

20th Century Fox released the first official cast photo. Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) are in the middle, with the Jets on the left and The Sharks on the right.

 

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The critically acclaimed Broadway musical was originally adapted into the 1961 film, starring Natalie Wood as Maria and Richard Beymer as Tony. The film was critically acclaimed and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. Though lauded, the film has received criticism over the years for the casting of a white woman (Wood) to play a Spanish woman, controversy that Spielberg and company intentionally avoided with this remake.

Disney will release the remake of the film on December 18, 2020.

 

 

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Let’s Celebrate the Power of Tupac’s Poetry

If you didn’t know, Tupac Shakur was not just a rapper. He was a poet too, and a damn good one. He is known for having tackled contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he will remain a cultural icon as a symbol of defiance and activism in opposition to inequality. His poems are not limited to these topics, however, as they explore the complexities of family and love. He was a student of the arts; he studied theater, literature, and music at the Baltimore School for the Arts. At school, he was absorbed in the works of William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes, among many other poets who made an impact on the way rhythm is used in linguistics.

Tupac was fascinated by the relationship between rap and poetry. Some of his music may portray him as more of a rugged soul, but his poetry is a reflection of his sensitivity and his ability to turn words into pure art. “[Rap] is poetry, to me” he said in an interrogation. “It is my opinion that I started to rap when I was writing poetry. Storytelling, poetry… even iambic pentameter is rap. It’s the way you write it, the structure.” After his death, a compilation of of his poetry titled The Rose that Grew from Concrete was released. His poetry represents his incredible eloquence and intellect. Here are some of his most artistic and profound poems.

 

 

“What Can I Offer Her?”

 

All of my life I dreamed of meeting one with immense beauty,

and once I found her I would charm her and she’d be mine forever

I have found her and indeed she is all I wished for and more

but she is not charmed nor intrigued.

Then I think 2 myself  “What can I offer her?”

The tears warm my eyes and blur my vision.

I stick 2 my stance of bravado and give her the same uninterested look she gave me.

She was so beautiful

But what can I offer her?

Via Genius

 

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“So I say GOODBYE”

I’m going in 2 this not knowing what I’ll find

but I’ve decided 2 follow my heart and abandon my mind

and if there be pain I know that at least I gave my all

and it is better 2 have loved and lost than 2 not love at all

In the morning I may wake 2 smile or maybe 2 cry

but first 2 those of my past I must say goodbye.

Via genius

 

 

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“The Power Of A Smile”

“The power of a gun can kill and the power of Fire can Burn

The power of wind can chill and the power of the mind can learn

The power of anger can rage inside until it tears u apart

But the Power of a Smile especially yours can heal a frozen Heart”

Via Genius

 

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Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’ Plot to Be Based on This Classic Comic

According to We Got This Covered, sources close to the production on Matt Reeves’s The Batman will draw inspiration from The Long Halloween, the classic Batman comic by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. (I CALLED IT.)

 

 

The Long Halloween follows a young-but-experienced Batman on the hunt for the villain Holiday, a mysterious serial killer who murders his victims according to celebratory dates on the calendar. The killer could be any one of the many enemies that Batman has made during his crime-fighting career or someone new that he’ll never see coming.

 

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The case leads to a war with Gotham’s crime families, and District Attorney Harvey Dent is one of the great losses, becoming the iconic Two-Face in the crossfire.

The Long Halloween previously served as an inspiration for The Dark Knight’s subplot that integrated Two-Face’s origin, and it’s the perfect storyline to adapt given that it includes almost all of Batman’s villains and side characters. Penguin, Catwoman, and Riddler are reported to be among the main antagonists.

 

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Jeph Loeb’s sequel, Dark Victory, would also serve as a great addition to Matt Reeves’s trilogy with the origin and introduction of Robin, whose suit was displayed in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman.

It should be refreshing to see a mystery thriller that showcases Bruce Wayne’s developed detective skills and skips over his origin in order to expand upon the tales of an already established Gotham City.

 

 

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George R.R. Martin Plans Rare Bookstore Appearance in U.K.

Sorry, truly, if you expected me to be handing you the release date for the much anticipated The Winds of Winter. The truth is I’m just as antsy to get that news as you. That doesn’t mean this isn’t something cool headed your way.

 

George RR Martin, possibly the author of 'Winds of Winter,' one day

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To discuss his newest book Fire & Blood, which was received well from fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin is planning to visit Waterstones August 8th. The bookstore announced the event via Twitter early Friday morning. Fire & Blood occurs 300 years before the events in A Game of Thrones, the first installment of the series. It recounts the family history of House Targaryen, something I think all of us fans of the series are incredibly interested in.

I think we can all agree we will take any and all news related to the series as we impatiently wait for the release date news. Still, this is pretty big news for Martin’s fans in the U.K. This is a rare appearance, and ticket prices are lower than you would expect. For £18 you can secure your ticket and for £35 you also get a signed copy of the book. The event is said to begin at 7PM and last for about an hour, but we can hope for more, right?

Hopefully, Martin doesn’t get too upset if audiences ask for any details of his upcoming novels – the people want what they want, after all. And who knows? Maybe we’ll get some much-needed information.

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