Literature - Part 2
The Catcher in the Rye Chapters
- Holden Caulfield retells the story of his childhood from a rest home as an old man. As a young teen, he is suspended from Pencey Prep school. He goes to his elderly teacher Mr. Spencer’s house, where he is greeted.
- Holden talks to Mr. Spencer, who reminds him that he flunked him from his history classes, and reminds him that life is a game that you have to play the rules to in order to succeed.
The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini
A friend is a friend is a friend.
When I was young, I didn’t see it.
I saw the slingshot and the pomegranate tree.
I saw a boy who had to be less.
Less than worthy, less than perfect, less than me.
I saw a servant. And I ruined him.
Heroic code represents a system of rules and principles that, in case they are followed, will ensure meaning to person’s life surrounded by a world, which is ruled by the capricious gods’ violence. One so as to meet the heroic code requirements has to perform an ennobling deed that possesses such a great challenge and magnitude that very few, indeed, maybe only one person out of a nation, may ever become a hero in the true sense of the word.
Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The title “Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” fully conveys the content of the book. The author set a goal to help the person to overcome a creative impasse. That is why this book is intended for those who passionately want to create something but experience temporary or permanent difficulties with this.
Book: The Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
All grown-ups were once children –
although few of them remember it.
“The Little Prince” was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943. This novel is a magical story that reveals the essence of life, love and loneliness. Due to the simplicity of the prose style, breezy and funny illustrations, vividness of imagination this simple yet insightful story is considered to be one of the greatest literary works of all times.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, like any other tragedy, should have a tragic hero who possesses a corresponding flaw. However, the tragedy doesn’t have the necessary kind of flaw, but still it has this kind of hero. Hamlet’s story comes to a downfall like any other tragic hero’s, but it doesn’t happen because of a tragic flaw. In order for Hamlet to qualify to be a tragic hero, he must possess a tragic flaw, which he in fact lacks.
The Bonesetter’s Daughter is a very insightful story that explores the deep emotions and struggles that are experienced by most people from different cultures and backgrounds. The story has a sub-story embedded in it. The theme also revolves around many subplots. There are basically three main characters in the story, which are introduced to the readers in almost reverse chronological order. The first is Ruth, who is a Chinese born in America. The second is her mother LuLing, who was born in China, but later emigrated to America after the World War II. The third is Precious Antie who happens to be a bonesetter’s daughter. The novel’s name, therefore, derives from this character in the story.
The Odyssey is the entire story of how Odysseus got back home after the Trojan War in Greek mythology. The story narrates the various different trials and tribulations Odysseus had to go through during his adventurous journey home. The very first place he goes to is the land of the Ciconians. He destroys the village with the help of his men, but the next day he is defeated in battle, as more Ciconians arrive at the scene. Although some of his men are killed, he escapes with the rest of his people and goes to the land of the lotus-eaters. Some of his men want to stay behind after tasting the plant, but Odysseus manages to draw them away.
From my point of view, the Twelfth Night is a very fascinating and charming play, as well as its main character Viola. When reading the comedy, I admired this lady and the way she acted in the situations she had to face. Viola, to my mind, is a collective character of a Renaissance person. She is active, brave, and generous. In addition, she is well-educated and very beautiful. She is the queen of her life, and even when she finds herself in quite a strange situation and in unfamiliar environment, she is smart enough to choose the best strategy quickly, meanwhile, charming all the people around her.
Folk tales and legends have always been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for many authors, creating their masterpieces in various times. William Shakespeare was not an exception. In a lot of his works a careful reader will notice references to folk legends. And his tragedy named Cymbeline is one of them. The play is not very familiar to a modern reader, but it doesn’t make it less valuable from the literary point of view or less interesting in terms of the intrigue.