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4 Life Lessons You Can Learn From 19th Century Classic Novels

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Lamhamedi Cherradi Kenza.

It is known that the best way to learn is through experience. So here are 4 life lessons you can learn from the best 19th century classic long novels that truly inspired and changed my perception towards life.

1. The Brother Karamazov

The Brother Karamazov

Dostoyevsky is well known for a strong belief in Christian faith & nonetheless expressed critics on it.

The most explicit one was in his brilliant novel the Brothers Karamazov while explaining his view on the concept of suffering, for his agony is a part of human nature; no matter how comfortable we are in life we will always find something missing and focus all our attention to it.

Which is why the suffering never really disappears, we just shift the subject of our agony from one thing to another throughout our lives. This made Dostoevsky rethink all the Christian ideologies that make think by following a bunch of instructions get to live the happy and pain-free life when in reality it is only natural and healthy to always thrive for a goal that one sets for yourself.

Life Lesson: Don’t beat yourself too much for your failures and accept your pain as a step towards success.

2. Pride and Prejudice

pride and prejudice

Austen, through her novels, tries to reform humanity in so many levels. Pride and Prejudice starts off with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth hating each other and they realize after a while that they are in love.

Now that’s so different from other love stories where the main characters get along from the start magically, it’s a myth that Jane Austen saw to rectify in her writings, and instead she teaches the readers the concept of balance; each character should have to teach the other some lessons and benefit him or her in life in order to get the relationship between them, succeed.

If one is passive and intellectually impaired the other tends to think of. As a superior in the relationship which would only cause despair and an inevitable split.

Life Lesson: Be with someone who wants to improve and be improved by. 

3. Crime and Punishment

Crime and punishment by fyodor dostyoyevsky

Fyodor is really the father of Russian literature, his beautiful lucid prose that transcends to our everyday life made it easy for him to convince the readers with his exceptional philosophical ideas.

In his novel Crime and Punishment, he got us all sympathizing with Raskolnikov; a student who killed two women for money. It may sound so cruel but Dostoevsky made his character so familiar and even charming. A profile that you’d cross in the street and admire or even aspire to be like.

Raskolnikov justified his crime by implying that the rich women was evil, harming, ignorant and ugly, on the other hand he was handsome and intelligent, except the money so he sees this situation as an injustice.

Because we may see them as monsters but they are so similar to us than what we’d like to believe, we all have devilish ideas inside of us but we manage to seal them in.

Also Raskolnikov did so much cruelty because to him it really sounded like a fair judgment to impose. when his judgment didn’t make any sense to him anymore he redeemed himself and turned to the police.

Life Lesson: Nobody should be excluded from the circle of sympathy, even the cruelest ones because just like us they are fighting their own battle.

4. The Death of Ivan Ilyesh

The death of Ivan Ilyich

Ilyesh is a proud judge who falls ill with a fatal disease, the doctors inform him that he doesn’t have much time to live and only then he starts learning about his true self.

How he is sensitive to nature and how much sympathy he got for others. He also noticed the reaction of family who worried about death. On the other hand the reaction of his manservant who shows his little but meaningful acts of kindness.

Tolstoy through his books wants to explain that no matter how cold and superficial a person can be, he has got a massive human potential in him. He should wake up to it before it’s too late and to do so, mortality should continuously be in front of our eyes and inspire kindness, compassion, and love for others. 

Life Lesson: Live your life with gratitude and enjoy every minute of it but always remember to discover new traces of your own personality.

These are the 4 life lessons you can learn from classic novels. Article by Kenza Lamhamedi Cherradi as a guest post.

Kenzi is a young writer from Morocco, he loves reading and mostly write book reviews,  his favorite kind of books are Russian psychological literature and English long novels. 

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