"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens is about an abused orphan named Pip, his journey from poor orphan to power and wealth, the friends he gains and loses and his eventual humbling. "Great Expectations" is considered a "coming of age" novel and is narrated by the character Pip.Know More
As the novel opens, Pip lives with his sister and her husband in Kent, England. After an episode involving escaped convicts, Pip is sent on daily visits to the estate of the wealthy Miss Havisham to entertain her adopted daughter Estella. Pip is apprenticed to the blacksmith Joe, his sister's husband. After viewing Miss Havisham's wealthy world, he does not wish to become a blacksmith.
Pip comes into a mysterious sum of money and eventually goes to London to learn to be a gentleman. While there, he learns to his dismay that his mysterious money came from one of the convicts he was involved with in the incident in Kent. Pip feels responsible for the man and tries to get him out of England. He discovers his love, Estella, is to be married and attempts to change her mind. After suffering tragedy, Pip flees to Cairo for 11 years. Upon his return, he sees Estella, now a widow, and it appears they may eventually be together.Learn more in Classics
"Wuthering Heights" is a multi-generational Gothic romance. It centers around the doomed love between Heathcliff, an orphan, and Cathy Earnshaw, the daughter of Heathcliff's adopted father, according to SparkNotes.Full Answer >
"Robinson Crusoe" is about an adventurer who is shipwrecked on a desert island. The book was written by Daniel Defoe and was first published in 1719.Full Answer >
Anna Sewell's 1877 novel "Black Beauty" is an autobiographical memoir told by the horse who gives the book its name that starts with the horse's whimsical days as a young colt before moving on toward tough times hauling cabs in London and ending with a peaceful rest in the country. Each phase of his story brings him many stories of compassion, but he also gives many accounts of cruelty. The chapters each have a lesson inside them that relates to the sympathetic and insightful ways that people ought to behave.Full Answer >
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" tells the story of Tom and his friend, Huckleberry Finn, two boys who get into a lot of trouble. "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was released in 1876 and written by Mark Twain.Full Answer >