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Why Read the Classics?
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    The classic novels of world literature, e.g., War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Don Quixote, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, The Adventures of Pinnochio, and The Tales of 1001 Nights, should be read and reread throughout one's life. Why? Because they teach us how to be truly moral human beings. Although great  literature is never a polemical treatise and is not directly responsible for teaching us morals, the characters in books are role models and their actions help shape the choices we make in our own lives. Long after finishing a classic novel, we may subconsciously be asking, “What would X do in this situation?”  We may not have a moral framework to guide us when we make difficult choices, but the characters in great literature are real enough to serve us as an example, and we can learn from their struggles and mistakes.