Literary Canon

Sarah Bowman

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet is a classic love story that should be taught in schools. This story has been referenced multiple times through other literature pieces. This play shows how love can make someone do crazy things.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet should be taught in school because it shows existentialism and has many lessons to learn from it. This has many quotable lines that you should learn from, like the " To be, or not to be" soliloquy.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth is a cultural book that needs to be taught. This play shows that power can corrupt you. We learn what makes a good person and what can make a good person bad.

1984 by George Orwell

1984 should be taught in schools because it shows how a society could be. It teaches readers how a communist society works and what could happen. This book gives the lesson of how a society can control you and every aspect of your life. it is a cultural book that every school should be enforced to read.

To Kill of Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill of Mockingbird should be taught in school because it shows the racial segregation of the south and our country's history. This book shows how an individual can change society. Atticus Finch taught us never to give up and fight for what is right.

Night by Elie Wiesel

Night should be taught in schools because it is apart of our world history. It showed us what it was like to go through Nazi concentration camps. This novel shows people what it takes to survive rough times. It gives hope to students and teaches them about the history of WWII

Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet ether should be taught in schools because it inspires people to do whats right. It is an inspiring story and gets the readers attention. it is about Adulteress Hester Prynne and the isolation she feels when her village finds out about what she has done.

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Grapes of Wrath is a classic novel about hardship, family and sacrifices. The Joads have to move across the U.S. to find work and along the way meet new people and lose many things. They stay optimistic about their families future and what will become of them in California.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is a classic love story between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby is a rich man who lives across the river from Daisy and her husband Tom. When Daisy's cousin moves next door to Gatsby, the two decide to you Nick to cover their love affair.

In the end it doesn't work out like Gatsby and Nick wanted, it shows how selfish people can be and how they react when pushed to a limit.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice has the love story between Bingley and Jane, Darcy and Elizabeth and Lydia and Wickham. The many love stories help keep the reader interested and it teaches us that there are more important things than fortune and pride. They learn to cherish family, love and be grateful for what you have.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies shows how a monarch can be civil but it will break at some point. The twelve year old boys try to govern themselves after they get deserted on a island. The boys pick a leader but when tension rises, chaos starts and their self governing society crumbles.

The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey shows the epic tale of Odysseus and his quest home after the fall of Troy.on the other hand his wife, Penelope and their son are dealing with multiple men trying to pursue Penelope. This poem shows what people will sacrifice for someone they love and how family is the most important thing to have.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein defiantly needs to be taught in schools to she the different literary elements that are in the piece. This novel has many allusions and symbols. Dr Frankenstein creates this monster and when he disowns the beast kills a lot of people. This story shows the effects of isolation and why you shouldn't try to be God.