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  • Hamlet" is the story of the Prince of Denmark who learns of the death of his father at the hands of his uncle, Claudius. Claudius murders Hamlet's father, his own brother, to take the throne of Denmark and to marry Hamlet's widowed mother. Hamlet is sunk into a state of great despair as a result of discovering the murder of his father and the infidelity of his mother. Hamlet is torn between his great sadness and his desire for the revenge of his father's murder
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    • 1. Classic Novels
      Literary Genres
      DAY 1
      • Pride and Prejudice
      • 2. The Great Gatsby
      • 3. Anna Karenina
      • 4. Jane Eyre
      • 5. The Picture of Dorian Gray
    • Pride and Prejudicewas written by…
      Emily Bronte
      Charlotte Bronte
      Jane Austen
      Louise May Alcott
    • 6. Pride and Prejudice
      Synopsis: Five sisters attempt to make happy marriages, and the two eldest succeed.
      Setting: Longbourn, England
      Main Characters:
      Elizabeth Bennet
      Mr. Darcy
      1813
    • 7. Pride and Prejudice
      “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
      “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.”
    • 8.
    • 9. The Great Gatsbywas written by…
      Mark Twain
      F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Ernest Hemingway
      Edith Wharton
    • 10. The Great Gatsby
      Synopsis: A self-made man woos and loses the aristocratic woman he loves.
      Setting: Long Island, NYC
      Main Characters:
      Gatsby, Nick Carraway
      1925
    • 11. The Great Gatsby
      • “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
      • 12. "I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
    • 13. Anna Kareninawas written by…
      Leo Tolstoy
      Jane Austen
      Mary Shelley
      George Orwell
    • 14. Anna Karenina
      Synopsis: After having an affair with a handsome military man, a woman kills herself.
      Setting:
      Moscow &
      St. Petersburg (Russia)
      Main Characters: Anna Karenina & Konstantin Levin
      1873
    • 15. Anna Karenina
      "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.“
      "If you look for perfection, you'll never be content."
      "I think... if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts."
    • 16.
    • 17. Jane Eyrewas written by…
      Charlotte Bronte
      Mary Shelley
      Emily Bronte
      Jane Austen
    • 18. Jane Eyre
      1847
      Synopsis: An impoverished young woman struggles to maintain her autonomy in the face of oppression, prejudice, and love.
      Setting: Northern England
      Main Characters:
      Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester
    • 19. Jane Eyre
      • "I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me."
    • 20. The Picture of Dorian Graywas written by…
      George Orwell
      Charles Dickens
      Jane Austen
      Oscar Wilde
    • 21. The Picture of Dorian Gray
      1890
      Synopsis: A portrait of a sinful young man ages while the young man depicted in the portrait remains youthful.
      Setting: London, England
      Main Characters:
      Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Wotton
    • 22. The Picture of Dorian Gray
      "Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
      “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
      "The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul."
    • 23.
    • 24. Classic Novels
      Literary Genres
      DAY 2
    • Draculawas written by…
      F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Mary Shelley
      Bram Stoker
      Leo Tolstoy
    • 30. Dracula
      Synopsis: Using folk remedies and Christian symbols, a band of men succeeds in killing a powerful, centuries-old vampire.
      Setting: England &
      Eastern Europe
      Main Characters:
      Dracula, Van Helsing, Mina
      1897
    • 31. Dracula
      "Listen to them – the children of the night. What music they make.”
    • 32.
    • 33. Wuthering Heightswas written by…
      Emily Bronte
      Jane Eyre
      Jane Austen
      Edith Wharton
    • 34. Wuthering Heights
      Synopsis: A mistreated man robbed of his true love tries to revenge himself on his abusers.
      Setting: Yorkshire moors
      Main Characters: Heathcliff, Catherine
      1847
    • 35. Wuthering Heights
      “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
      “My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it.”
    • 36.
    • 37. The Scarlet Letterwas written by…
      Bram Stoker
      Nathaniel Hawthorne
      Charles Dickens
      Oscar Wilde
    • 38. The Scarlet Letter
      Synopsis: A married woman living in Puritan Boston has an affair with a preacher, which leads her to public disgrace and his death.
      Setting: Boston, MA
      Main Characters: Hester Prynne
      1850
    • 39. The Scarlet Letter
      "She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.“
      “But the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world’s scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, and yet with reverence too.”
    • 40.
    • 41. Les Miserableswas written by…
      Bram Stoker
      Leo Tolstoy
      Edith Wharton
      Victor Hugo
    • 42. Les Miserables
      Synopsis: A hardened criminal finds redemption, adopts an orphan, flees a monomaniacal cop, saves lives, encounters misunderstandings & cruelties of all kinds, and finally dies a happy man.
      Setting: France
      Main Characters: Jean Valjean, Javert
      1862
    • 43.
    • 44. Frankensteinwas written by…
      F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Mary Shelley
      Bram Stoker
      Leo Tolstoy
    • 45. Frankenstein
      Synopsis: A scientist creates a monster, and then abandons it in horror, a decision that leads to disaster and the deaths of nearly everyone he loves.
      Setting: Geneva, the Swiss Alps, England, Scotland, etc.
      Main Characters: Victor Frankenstein & his monster, Robert Walton
      1818
    • 46. Frankenstein
      • “Did I request thee, Maker, from clay / to mould me Man, did I solicit thee / from darkness to promote me?”
      An allusion to Paradise Lost by John Milton (Adam’s complaint to God that he did not ask to be born and thus is unfairly punished by his creator.)
    • 47.
    • 48. Little Womenwas written by…
      Jane Austen
      Louisa May Alcott
      Mary Shelley
      Charlotte Bronte
    • 49. Little Women
      1868
      Synopsis: four sisters in 19th century New England struggle with poverty, juggle their duties and their desires, and find love.
      Setting: A small New England town
      Main Characters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy (the March family)
    • 50. Little Women
      “I’ll try and be what he loves to call me, ‘a little woman,’ and not be rough and wild; but do my duty here instead of wanting to be somewhere else.”
      Jo’s father wishes for her to be a stereotypical female.
      “Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I can never wish you a greater happiness than this!”
      Last line of the novel, spoken by Marmee
    • 51.
    • 52. Classic Novels
      Literary Genres
      DAY 3
      • To Kill a Mockingbird
      • 53. Nineteen-Eighty-Four
      • 54. Animal Farm
      • 55. A Christmas Carol
      • 56. A Tale of Two Cities
      • 57. Ethan Frome
      • 58. Great Expectations
      • 59. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      • 60. The Catcher in the Rye
    • To Kill a Mockingbirdwas written by…
      Harper Lee
      Mark Twain
      Charles Dickens
      Edith Wharton
    • 61. To Kill a Mockingbird
      Synopsis: A girl confronts racism and inequality as her father unsuccessfully defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.
      Setting: Maycomb, Alabama
      Main Characters: Scout, Jem, & Atticus (the Finch family), Tom Robinson, Boo Radley
      1960
    • 62. 1984was written by…
      Leo Tolstoy
      George Orwell
      Charles Dickens
      Victor Hugo
    • 63. 1984
      Synopsis: A citizen of the totalitarian country Oceania rebels against the ruling Party and is tortured and brainwashed as a result.
      Setting: London, England (“Airstrip One”)
      Main Characters: Winston Smith, Big Brother
      1949
    • 64. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF51CqBy81U
    • 65. Animal Farmwas written by…
      F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Bram Stoker
      Leo Tolstoy
      George Orwell
    • 66. Animal Farm
      Synopsis: A group of animals mount a successful rebellion against the farmer who rules them, but their dreams of equality for all are ruined when one pig seizes power.
      Setting: an imaginary farm in England
      Main Characters: Benjamin (donkey), Napoleon and Snowball (pigs)
      1946
    • 67. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGCo5Tva39s
    • 68. A Christmas Carolwas written by…
      Edith Wharton
      Mark Twain
      Leo Tolstoy
      Charles Dickens
    • 69. A Christmas Carol
      Synopsis: A crotchety, selfish old man learns to be generous and love life.
      Setting: London, England
      Main Characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future
      1859
    • 70. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ3lr3urgDU
    • 71. A Tale of Two Citieswas written by…
      Charles Dickens
      Mary Shelley
      Leo Tolstoy
      George Orwell
    • 72. A Tale of Two Cities
      Synopsis: During the French Revolution, a woman’s love turns a selfish man into a hero.
      Setting: London and Paris
      Main Characters: Charles Darney, Sydney Carton
      1859
    • 73. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TU25PVJbXE
    • 74. Ethan Fromewas written by…
      Mark Twain
      Leo Tolstoy
      Mary Shelley
      Edith Wharton
    • 75. Ethan Frome
      Synopsis: A man longs to flee from his wretched wife and run off with her vivacious cousin but finds he lacks the courage.
      Setting: Starkfield, Massachusetts
      Main Characters: Ethan Frome, Zeena, Mattie
      1911
    • 76. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqlLHg61eTA
    • 77. Great Expectationswas written by…
      Louisa May Alcott
      Harper Lee
      George Orwell
      Charles Dickens
    • 78. Great Expectations
      Synopsis: After a kindly criminal makes him rich, a boy learns that wealth and class do not determine worth.
      Setting: Kent and London, England
      Main Characters: Pip, Estella, Miss Havisham
      1861
    • 79. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bq8BsIZejE
    • 80. Classic Novels & Plays
      Literary Genres
      DAY 4
      NOVELS
      • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      • 81. The Catcher in the Rye
      PLAYS
      • The Crucible
      • 82. Hamlet
      • 83. The Importance of Being Earnest
      • 84. The Glass Menagerie
      • 85. Doctor Faustus
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnwas written by…
      Mark Twain
      Charles Dickens
      Tom Sawyer
      Harper Lee
    • 86. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      Synopsis: An intelligent 13-year-old boy flees with an escaped slave and slowly recognizes the hypocrisy of his society.
      Setting: St. Petersburg, Missouri; Arkansas
      Main Characters: Huck, Jim, Tom Sawyer
      1885
    • 87. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdNJhSc17Zk&feature=related
    • 88. The Catcher in the Rye was written by…
      Mark Twain
      F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Edith Wharton
      J. D. Salinger
    • 89. The Catcher in the Rye
      Synopsis: After being expelled from prep school, a sixteen-year-old boy goes to New York City, where he reflects on the phoniness of adults and heads toward a nervous breakdown.
      Setting: Pencey Prep & New York City
      Main Characters: Holden Caulfield
      1951
    • 90. The Crucible was written by…
      Christopher Marlow
      Oscar Wilde
      William Shakespeare
      Arthur Miller
      Tennessee Williams
    • 91. The Crucible
      Synopsis: A story of witch hunts and trials in hysteria-engulfed 17th century Salem. John Proctor commits adultery with
      Setting: Salem, Massachusetts
      Main Characters: John Proctor, Abigail Williams
      1953
    • 92. Hamlet was written by…
      Christopher Marlow
      Oscar Wilde
      William Shakespeare
      Arthur Miller
      Tennessee Williams
    • 93. Hamlet
      Synopsis: The Prince of Denmark learns of his father’s death at the hands of his uncle and is torn between his great sadness and revenge for his father’s murder.
      Setting: Medieval Denmark
      Main Characters: Hamlet, Claudius, Gertrude
      1603
    • 94. The Importance of Being Earnest was written by…
      Christopher Marlow
      Oscar Wilde
      William Shakespeare
      Arthur Miller
      Tennessee Williams
    • 95. The Importance of Being Earnest
      Synopsis: By leading a double life through multiple identities, a man involves himself in secret engagements and love entanglements.
      Setting: London & Hertfordshire (rural town)
      Main Characters: John Worthing (aka “Earnest” by friends in town and “Jack” by friends in country)
      1899
    • 96. The Glass Menagerie was written by…
      Christopher Marlow
      Oscar Wilde
      William Shakespeare
      Arthur Miller
      Tennessee Williams
    • 97. The Glass Menagerie
      Synopsis: The Wingfield family struggles against hopelessness that threatens their lives.
      Tom Wingfield – dead-end job, becomes a poet
      Amanda Wingfield – faded glory, inspires daughter to become a socialite
      Setting: St. Louis
      Main Characters: Tom Wingfield
      1945
    • 98. Doctor Faustus was written by…
      Christopher Marlow
      Oscar Wilde
      William Shakespeare
      Arthur Miller
      Tennessee Williams
    • 99. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
      Synopsis: A man sells his soul to the devil in exchange for twenty-four years of immense power.
      Setting: Europe (specifically Italy and Germany)
      Main Characters: Doctor Faustus, Lucifer
      1604