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7 Times Classic Literature Had Us Thinking “What Did I Just Read?”

“Being really old and vaguely important” is pretty much the defining trait of all classic literature. This combined with the fact that your teacher is forcing you to read it under threat of suffering or death (or just a zero on Friday’s quiz, whatever) means that studying books like Wuthering Heights is literally no one’s favorite thing to do.

But it’s not all just tedious symbolism and old-timey dialogue. Sometimes, things take a turn for the weird, even in the classroom favorites of the American education system.

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