Literature


Read what other students have written about important literature — choose from our collection of essays about famous books and their plots.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

A&P

A&P

The Awakening

The Awakening

Beloved

Beloved

Beowulf

Beowulf

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Brave New World

Brave New World

Candide

Candide

Catch-22

Catch-22

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

The Chosen

The Chosen

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

The Crucible

The Crucible

Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

A Doll's House

A Doll's House

The Ecological Rift

The Ecological Rift

Ender's Game

Ender's Game

Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

Farewell to Manzanar

Farewell to Manzanar

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

Fences

Fences

The Flies

The Flies

Flowers of Algernon

Flowers of Algernon

Fool For Love

Fool For Love

For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

The Giver

The Giver

The Good Earth

The Good Earth

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Grendel

Grendel

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Hamlet

Hamlet

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

The House on Mango

The House on Mango

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

Holy Bible

Holy Bible

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Inferno

Inferno

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

Invisible Man

Invisible Man

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Jazz

Jazz

The Jew of Malta

The Jew of Malta

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain

Journey into the Whirlwind

Journey into the Whirlwind

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

The Joys of Motherhood

The Joys of Motherhood

Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

The Jungle

The Jungle

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

Kindred

Kindred

King John

King John

King Lear

King Lear

The King Must Die

The King Must Die

The Kitchen God's Wife

The Kitchen God's Wife

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Krik? Krak!

Krik? Krak!

Les Misérables

Les Misérables

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

The Lottery

The Lottery

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Macbeth

Macbeth

The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Mythology

Mythology

Night

Night

1984

1984

The Oedipus Cycle

The Oedipus Cycle

Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Othello

Othello

Our Town

Our Town

The Outsiders

The Outsiders

The Pearl

The Pearl

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Pygmalion

Pygmalion

The Quiet American

The Quiet American

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Rebecca

Rebecca

The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five

Speak

Speak

Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf

The Stranger

The Stranger

The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

The Tempest

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie

Ulysses

Ulysses

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

The Unvanquished

The Unvanquished

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

A View from the Bridge

A View from the Bridge

Virgin Suicides

Virgin Suicides

Volpone

Volpone

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown