After reading this NYTimes article about literature teaching you social skills, Bwog
quickly brainstormed compiled through much effort the complete set of life-lessons first-years will glean from LitHum.
Iliad: Sometimes when people get angry they kill people.
Odyssey: Non cosi fan tutte.
Histories: People lie to make their stories better.
Oresteia: Systems of law are helpful.
Oedipus: Oedipus can’t see she’s just not the girl for him
Medea: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Some actions have harsher opposite reactions.
Lysistrata: Men just want to fuck.
Symposium: Wine loosens lips.
Bible: People interpret things differently.
Aeneid: Nationalism, man.
Confessions: We’re all inherently greedy.
Inferno: Go to hell, asshole.
Decameron: People like having sex.
Montaigne: Go to a doctor when you’re sick.
King Lear: Sibling rivalry is real.
Don Quixote: Imagination is not real.
P&P: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Similarly, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman must be in want of a man in possession of a good fortune.
C&P: People will go way out of their way to justify their actions.
To the Lighthouse: Sometimes, you’re just a Q.
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