Classification Essay - Good Books and Great Books

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The Difference Between Good Books and Great Books


Reading is fundamental, but some books are more so than others. Surely Daniel Steele is a far cry from William Shakespeare, but what exactly is the difference? Even in the realm of quality literature there are still "good" books and "great" books. The difference between the importance of good and great books is also why it is so important to read great literature: Great books have a scope much larger than good ones.

Good and great books differ by nature, not by degree. A good book is not almost a great one; a great book is a totally different creature than a good book. What makes them different is how much they pertain to the human experience. A good book may have
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There are those that doubt this and have a hard time believing that something written before their grandfather's grandfather was born could enrich them. What they don't understand is the exact reason why it is important to read great literature. There are certain things that humanity has always dealt with: war, death, life, love...etc. Because their themes span generations one can hardly be prejudiced against the validity of past's great books just because the ideas dawned on their authors before they were born. The writers of the past also had another advantage in that they did not necessarily have to sell their wares, unlike today's authors. Many times, the great books of the past pertain more to today than does contemporary literature, because the authors were unburdened with thoughts of "public appeal."

The main reason for reading great literature is not always to read something directly dealing with current events. Great literature should be read because it gives the reader an advantage. Like getting advice from a wiser grandparent, reading the thoughts of others gives you more experience and insight than you can gain on your own. With a good base of knowledge and ideas of those that thought before you, it is much easier to come up with new ideas to put on top of old ones. Reading lets you see farther.

And the more you read the farther…