Unlike the past two six weeks of school, I wasn’t handed a list of novels to choose from for English. My new English teacher does things a little different than my old English teacher. Instead of reading books outside of class, writing a reflection/essay detailing what we thought, and never talking about them, we’re going to be reading two or three – depending on time constraints – novels in class together.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — The classic tale of scientist Victor Frankenstein’s science experiment gone wrong. After learning how to create life, Frankenstein creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde — The story tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward, whom after realizing that one day his beauty will fade, cries out, wishing that the portrait Basil has painted of him would age rather than himself. Dorian’s wish is fulfilled, but the portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul as each sin is displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging.