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Emma

Jane Austen
Emma is a novel about the dangers of misinterpreted romance. The main character, Emma Woodhouse, is described in the opening paragraph as “handsome, clever, and rich.” The novel charts Emma’s gradual realization of her own lack of self-knowledge. It centers upon her determination to arrange her life...

The Mill on the Floss

George Eliot
Growing into a young woman, Maggie Tulliver finds herself unable to deal with her brother, Tom, or his realism and bourgeois standards. Unlike Tom, she has a spirited and lively imagination which makes her an outsider in her own society. Because she cannot adapt to the rules and standards of her community,...

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities was published in 1859. It is a story of incidents and events rather than of a character. The story is critical both of mob violence and aristocratic abuses which prompted the revolution. The novel traces the private lives of a group of people caught up in the cataclysm of the French...

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe has been printed in many editions worldwide. Defoe's first and most famous novel appeared in 1719. A fictional tale of a shipwrecked sailor, it was based on the adventures of a seaman. The novel, which chronicles Crusoe's ingenious attempts to overcome the island's hardships, has become...

Adam Bede

George Eliot
Adam Bede is a novel about human character, about individuals in relationship to one another in family groups and in larger social organizations of their world. The reader may sympathize with all the characters of such a novel, but will not identify closely with any one of them. The novel is set...

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens
Considered to be Dickens’s finest masterpiece, Great Expectations (1860-1861) marked a return to the more familiar Dickensian style of narration. Its main character, Pip, remarks, “I can as clearly see with my own eyes any scene which I am describing as I see you now”, which could be read as a comment...

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens
With the publishing of Oliver Twist (1837-1839), Dickens became more famous and his reputation was enhanced. Dickens filled this story with a lot of his traditional themes like fear, sheer poverty, desperation and the definite triumph of good over evil at the end. It tells about the story of Oliver,...

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf
Set all on one day, Mrs Dalloway reveals the thoughts and feelings of Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party. Depending on the technique of stream of consciousness which was important in the modern novel, Woolf shows the interior monologues of the guests that reveal the characters of the novel,...

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse is one of Woolf’s most assured pieces of work. In it, psychological effects are achieved through the use of imagery, symbol, and metaphor. The novel starts with Mrs Ramsay’s promise to her son that he can visit the lighthouse, a visit that is deferred throughout the book and only...

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are sisters with opposite temperaments. Elinor, the elder daughter, represents “sense” (reason) of the title, and Marianne represents “sensibility” (emotion). Elinor and Marianne are the daughters of Mr. Dashwood, and when he dies the family estate passes to them and their...

Persuation

Jane Austen
The heroine, Anne Elliot, is introduced not as the “very pretty girl”, but as a woman, whose “bloom had vanished early”. She is one of Austen’s quietest heroines, but also one of the strongest and most open to change. She lives at the time of the Napoleonic wars, which is a time of accident, adventure,...

Wuthering Heights

EMILY BRONTE
Wuthering Heights portrays a story of passionate love and terrible revenge. It embodies the intense love relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff who is adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr. Earnshaw’s death, Hindley, Catherine’s brother, humiliates Heathcliff who wrongly believes that...

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
This is the story which chronicles the fortunes of the five Bennet sisters and their marital prospects. Pride and Prejudice opens with the most famous line in the English literature which is: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of...

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) demonstrates Hardy’s idea and belief that Nature controls Man, and that he is helpless before its powers. The novel is based on an objective, empirical presentation of human beings. Therefore, Thomas Hardy shows through the events that human behavior is controlled by...

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre is considered one of the most important and popular works of English fiction. It is notable as an adventurous romance, although at the time it was considered an inappropriate book for young ladies to read, and indeed for a young lady to have written. The novel is also significant for its use...
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