Happy Valentine’s Day fellow bookworms! I hope you’re spending the day with someone special or with your favorite books (or both). Let’s get in the spirit of this love-filled holiday with some of the most iconic love stories in classic literature:
Wuthering Heights may not be the happiest of love stories, but it’s definitely one of the most passionate! Who can forget the famous line: “I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!” Gives you chills, doesn’t it?
Great Expectations is one of those slow-burning love stories that follows two people from childhood to adulthood. Do Estella and Pip end up together, or do they go their separate ways? This novel is full of multiple twists and turns, and will keep you guessing long after you’ve turned the last page.
This particular love story is so popular that multiple movies have been made either about it, or revolving around it. Elizabeth Bennet was a character ahead of her time, and continues to teach us that you can be a strong woman and still find love. Speaking your mind was never so in vogue!
Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is often proclaimed to be the greatest book in the world. It is indeed a masterpiece, in part due to it’s fascinating portrayal of high Russian society and the rise and fall of a doomed love affair. Don’t worry, there’s a love story with a happy ending thrown in there too, so it’s not all that depressing.
No list of iconic classic love stories would be complete without delving into the Bard’s violent and utterly tragic tale of young love. Romeo and Juliet are often touted as an example of an all-consuming love, but here’s a hint: you don’t any part of Shakespeare’s ending to this love story.
What are some of your favorite love stories from classic literature? Share them with us in the comments section!