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Synthesis Essay

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Synthesis Essay
H.P. Lovecraft said, “Classics are a story of the past but shall live longer than any man as ever seen.” When you read the classics, such as: Dr. Seuss’ stories, The Pit and The Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe, and the Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, you get an insight to history. A classic is only a classic if it talks about, or tackles, the problem of the day that it was written or the problems of the future. Classics are historical books that have an outstanding meaning to them and they all relate to life and they are relevant today because the meaning portrayed by them, transcend over time. Classics are classics if they consist of one of these topics: love, death, and wishes.
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The princess had the choice to tell him the door with the lady or with the tiger. On page 7 he said, “She had known she would be asked, she had decided what she would answer, and, without the slightest hesitation, she had moved her hand to the right.” This can be debated that she showed him the lady or the tiger but oerall she wanted the best for him and this is true love. During the time you read these stories you will immediately recognize that it is a classic due to their topic and theme of love.
As O’Henry composed, “The Gift of the Magi”, W.W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw”, and “The ransome of Red chief” by O’Henry, the all include terminology of what makes a classic a classic. In their novellas, they used the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” In The Monkey’s Paw, on page 3, line 15, the old man said, “I wish for two hundred pounds.” He wished for money not knowing what it will take. Later on this page, you will see that his son died in a work accident and the manager gave him two hundred pounds. In this case he made a careless choice of a wish. In the alternative apologue by O’Henry, you see that the wishes you bring upon yourself can define a relationship. On page three it shows the great lengths to which Della, the wife, wished to take. It divulges, “Will you buy my hair?” asked Della.
“I buy hair,” said Mrs. Sofronie. “Take your hat off and let me look at it.”
Down fell the brown waterfall. “Twenty dollars,” said Mrs. Sofronie, lifting the hair to feel its weight.
“Give it to me quick,” said Della.
As you can see, she wished for the money from her hair not knowing what is to come in the near future. She used the money to buy a gold watch band for her husband just to realize that her husband sold the watch to get her hairbrushes. Likewise, in “The Ransom of Red Chief” you will read about a kid who choose not to want to quit playing even though he was kidnapped. On page 4, it said, “Aw, what for?” says he. “I don’t have any fun at home. I hate to go to school. I like to camp out. You won’t take me back home again, Snake-eye, will you?” As you can see, he chose not to quit playing and get serious and try to get away from home. As you may have beholden, it seems very clear that you need to be careful what you wish for and...

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