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7 Books Everyone Misunderstands (And What They Actually Mean)

Writers don’t usually come out and say “Hello everyone! Welcome to my book. Here’s what everything means.” No, no—they prefer to let you figure it out on your own. 

The problem with this, of course, is that it’s a lot like being dropped in the middle of the woods without a map: it’s frustrating, it’s a little scary, bears are there. Is it okay for people to interpret books differently? Sure! But sometimes an author has something very specific in mind and hardly anyone knows it because said author has been dead for hundreds of years and isn’t around to clear up any confusion. As a result, here are some books that are often misunderstood by their readers.