In the French novel "The Guest," author Albert Camus implies an ambiguous theme that explores how to be hospitable, yet true to personal values and beliefs. The main character, Daru, struggles with his beliefs about Euro... More »

The primary theme of "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan is the mother-daughter dynamic and the clash between traditional and contemporary values. These themes are common ones revisited in many of Amy Tan's books. Many of Amy Tan's s... More »

"The Stranger" by Albert Camus is the story of a man coming to terms with the indifference of the world. Its protagonist, Meursault, meets an abusive womanizer following the death of his mother and, through his acquainta... More »

"The Monkey's Paw," a short story by W.W. Jacobs, tells the story of a family that receives the mummified paw of a monkey from a guest, who tells them that whoever possesses the monkey's paw gets three wishes. However, w... More »

"The Phantom of the Opera," a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux and a famous 1986 musical, is a story about a mysterious, disfigured man who chooses a protégée, Christine Daae, to sing his works and become first lady ... More »

In Ray Bradbury's novel "Fahrenheit 451," Guy Montag is the fireman whose job it is to burn books. He says and thinks things that reveal serious and dangerous doubts about the wisdom of his job. More »

"The Screwtape Letters" by C.S.Lewis is a religious satirical novel giving the devil's perspective of Christian life and topics. The story is in the format of letters from the devil Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood, who... More » Art & Literature Literature Classics