War And Peace
Plot: The novel chronicles the history of the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families.
Plot: In the Odyssey, the story begins twenty years into the story with Telemachos and his story and travels. Books 1-4 consist of this story; 5-8 are Odysseus and his current position; 9-13 bring us back to the beginning of the story. The remainings are the continuation of the story.
Plot: The narrative describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, while allegorically the poem represents the soul's journey towards God. Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially Thomistic philosophy and the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas.
Plot: Ulysses chronicles the encounters of Leopold Bloom in Dublin in the course of an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Ulysses is the Latinised name of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey, and the novel establishes a series of parallels between the poem and the novel.
Plot: Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet's mother.
Crime and Punishment
Plot: Focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in Saint Petersburg, who formulates a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money. His moral justifications disintegrate completely as he struggles with guilt and horror and confronts the real-world consequences of his deed.
Plot: Madame Bovary takes place in provincial northern France, near the town of Rouen in Normandy. The eponymous character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.
The Great Gatsby
Plot: The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession with the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan; explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties.
Plot: The story follows the adventures of a noble (hidalgo) named Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to become a knight-errant (caballero andante), reviving chivalry and serving his country, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha.
In Search of Lost Time
Plot: The story follows the narrator's recollections of childhood and experiences into adulthood during late 19th century to early 20th century aristocratic France, while reflecting on the loss of time and lack of meaning to the world.