Once again the year has swung round to that time of year when parents drive across the country, whilst their little darlings find some random people to get very drunk with in dingy parts of town; yes it's fresers.
As I am now returning as a third year, and thus somehow a season pro, I am in a reflective mood and have been thinking everything I've learnt. But, instead of thinking about all the knowledge imparted to me by my tutors, it's the big life lesson that have come to mind. Now, as a season book worm not unsurprisingly many of these have come from books.
So here is the list of all that books have taught me.
The Lord of the rings taught me that you are never to small to make a difference.
This is basically the central idea of these books , Gandulf can not get enough of reminding us of this fact.Hobbits are literally small, and so often Frodo is under estimsted, and yet he does what no one else can. This is a really important lesson to remember, and a good excuse to reread this wonderful epic.
Harry Potter taught me that good friends are the ones you can depend upon.
This is a series that is so well know, and its impact so well document that you could only ignore it if you have been hiding under a rock for the last 20+ years. Many people talk about how it gave them comfort and companionship, but for me it reminded me that good friends are one of the biggest comforts in this life, and with out them the world is bleaker.
The Great Gatsby taught me that first impressions don't count for everything.
I was introduced to this book as an epic love story set against the decadence of the 1920's, and whilst it is all that, it is also more. Everyone thinks of Jay as a mysterious, wealthy man who throws a good party, even Nick Carraway. However, the book proceeds in dramatic fashion to reveal Jay Gatsbys true intentions and soul, as a man torn and driven by love.
A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich taught me to never give up hope.
This may be a slightly more obscure novel about very dark part of Russian history, but I think it can teach anyone who reads it how to truly hope, and the power that home can give. Although Ivan Denisovich is in the darkest situation imaginable his letters to his wife, and his joy about being relised in 10 years time shows that he still has hope, and reminds one that no situation is without light, and hope is a sustaining force.
Emma taught me that we all have a faults, and it is only when we recognise them that we can be happy.
Emma is an extremely flawed protagonist and Jane Austen lets us realise that. In many ways she behaves in some not very nice ways, forgetting about the feelings of others and how her actions have consequences. It is only when she sees this and stops that she can find happiness and escape, in the form of Mr Knightly.
There are so many other things that I have gained from books, they are my consolation and my guide. A good book can teach you how to be a better person, remind you of the good in the world, and intoduce you to things you could never previously of imagined.