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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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Initial Drawing for the Very First Cover of ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ Discovered, Will be Auctioned

The first cover art of The Adventures of Tintin, one of the most popular comic book series of all time, has been unearthed and is heading to Heritage Auctions on June 8th and 9th in Dallas, Texas.

Created by legendary Belgian cartoonist Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin Vol.1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, is estimated to bring in the incredible price of $1,300,000. According to artnet.com and their price database, Hergé’s auction record currently is set at €2,650,000 (around $2,980,000), which was put in place at 2014 for the front pages of a 1937 Tintin publication. This sale also set a record price for a work of comic book art at any auction.

 

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The original drawing integrates Hergé’s political perspective at the time, as well as his distinctive artistic fashion.

“Tintin is a seminal character, who has been loved and admired for generations the world over,” Joe Mannarino said, the director of comic art at Heritage Auctions. “His popularity is as great now as it has ever been”.

This auction will be very intriguing to see, as The Adventures of Tintin, ever since the mid 1900s, has really lacked popularity in the United States. In January of this year, the comic book series turned 90 years old, and even though it is still immensely popular throughout Europe and the Middle East, there are only a handful of fans in the United States. Steven Spielberg’s 2011 animated film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn helped introduce American audiences to Hergé’s work, yet the movie’s style was more faithful to Indiana Jones than it was to any of the Tintin comic books.

 

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10 Charles Dickens Quotes to Brighten Your Bleakest Days

The guy’s work may have been a buzzkill to read while trying to enjoy high school, but he did indeed have some facts of life to spit. (It’s pretty cool that A Tale of Two Cities was the narrative foundation for The Dark Knight Rises). Yet even as the bleakest of writers, Charles Dickens believed you could find lighter moments in darker times. Here are some quotes from the literary icon… aside from “please, sir, I want some more.”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens.

 

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1. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

 


 

2. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

 


 

3. “There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.”

 


 

4. “We forge the chains we wear in life.”

 


 

5. “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

 


 

6. “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

 


 

7. “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

 


 

8. “The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.”

 


 

9. “This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.”

 


 

10. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”

 

 

 

 

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10 ‘Of Mice and Men’ Quotes to Celebrate Your Epic Friendships

George and Lennie have held the title of ‘greatest bromance’ in literature since 1937. In honor of the classic novella’s publication anniversary, the following Of Mice and Men quotes should help you celebrate your greatest friendships. A couple might be hurtful, but all are said with love.

 

 

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1. “Jesus Christ, Lennie! You can’t remember nothing that happens, but you remember ever’ word I say.” – George

 


 

2. “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.” – Lennie

 


 

3. Lennie: “You said I was your cousin!”
George: “That was a lie. If I was a relative of yours, I’d shoot myself.”

 


 

4. “We know what we got, and we don’t care whether you know it or not.” – Candy

 


 

5. Lennie: “I was only foolin’, George. I don’t want no ketchup. I wouldn’t eat no ketchup if it was right here beside me.”

George: “If it was here, you could have some.”

Lennie: “But I wouldn’t eat none, George. I’d leave it all for you. You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn’t touch none of it.”

 


 

6. “‘Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin’ around with a guy an’ you can’t get rid of him.” – George

 


 

7. “It ain’t no lie. We’re gonna do it. Gonna get a little place an’ live on the fatta the lan’.” – Lennie

 


 

8. “I turns to Lennie and says, ‘Jump in.’ An’ he jumps. Couldn’t swim a stroke. He damn near drowned before we could get him. An’ he was so damn nice to me for pullin’ him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in. Well, I ain’t done nothing like that no more.” – George

 


 

9. “No, Lennie, I ain’t mad. I never been mad, and I ain’ now. That’s a thing I want ya to know.” – George

 


 

10. “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.” – George

 

 

 

 

Thank you for the ultimate literary bromance, John Steinbeck.

 

 

 

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Gone with the Wind

Iconic ‘Gone with the Wind’ Returns for a 2-Day Theatrical Run!

Movieweb reports that the Golden Age of Hollywood classic, Gone with the Wind, will be returning to theaters in celebration of its 80th anniversary.

The recipient of ten Academy Awards (two of which were honorary) and earner of an inflation-adjusted $1.8 billion has garnered fans and acclaim for decades. Even before its release, the adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel was one of the most anticipated movies of its time, especially with the production’s extensive “search for Scarlett.” Talent scout Katharine Brown searched the East Coast for an unknown actress and eventually cast Scarlett O’Hara to fill the role.

 

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Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with intensity as Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, comes of age just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life and marriage.

The legendary film will be shown for two days on February 28th and March 3rd thanks to Warner Bros. and Fathom Events.

 

 

 

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