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Friendship In Literature

Happy International Day of Friendship!

What Is It?
According to the UN website: ‘The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

How Are We Celebrating It?
Of course, there are many different ways to celebrate International Friendship Day: maybe you want to have a meet-up with your friends, Zoom with those you haven’t yet been able to meet in person, or think about why you’re grateful for the friendships in your life. Here at Well Read Company though, we’re celebrating the theme of friendship running throughout literature.


Top 5 Friendship Books

Emma
Though Emma might not be the most helpful of friends, her affection for Harriet is genuine and heartfelt. By the end of the novel, she learns the important lesson of letting her friends make their own decisions - whether or not she agrees with them personally!


The Secret Garden
Mary and Colin’s friendship is what allows them to heal from their lacking family lives. Steadily, their physical and emotional ailments begin to fade as they become happy and fulfilled children.


Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock and Watson - could there be a more iconic duo? This pair’s strong bond allows them to solve case after case, with Watson being one of the few people Holmes ever really gets close to.


The Great Gatsby
Nick and Gatsby’s friendship remains cherished by millions of readers throughout the world. Each of them originally want to become close to the other for other motives: to learn about New York’s elite, and become close to Daisy respectively, but their bond grows into something entirely unique.


Hamlet
The theme of friendship may not first spring to mind when considering Shakespeare’s great tragedy, but the Danish Prince’s bond with friend Horatio is powerful. Throughout the play, Hamlet struggles in knowing who to trust, but Horatio remains forever loyal.

 

 

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