We’ve all been there. In a high school classroom, talking about some piece of classic literature, dissecting the themes and literary devices.
But sometimes it’s not that complicated. Want the real story? Here’s what those stories/plays were really saying.
Romeo & Juliet: Attention to details really could save your life. (Along with learning how to check a pulse.)
The Scarlet Letter: People talk about other people because they’re bored with their own lives. Be boring and no one will talk.
The Odyssey: Don’t leave home. But if you do, try not to be an idiot.
Le Petit Prince: Stay away from snakes. Especially talking snakes.
Gone with the Wind: Girls who love drama will always love drama. Stay away. Far away. In fact, run.
Great Expectations: If you get jilted, mourn, but for heaven’s sake, keep living. That wedding cake is not gonna stay good for half a century so drown your sorrows in some cake-y goodness and move on before you end up bitter and old.
The Importance of Being Earnest: Don’t a hire a nanny who will accidentally leave your child in handbag. It just causes way too many problems.
Doing some research for my characters, I stumbled across some MBTI posts about what certain types think about all day. And naturally, I looked up my type but I couldn’t find a post like it. So I said to myself “hello, you’re a writer. You write it.”
So here it is. In case you were wondering, here’s my take on what us INFPs think about all day.
What should I do with my life? What’s the best way to save the world?
I can definitely make that look better.
I really hope I didn’t offend anyone.
I should be neater. Hm. Oh well.
Am I doing something meaningful with my life?
There’s got to be a better way to do this. Maybe like this. Or like this. Or this or this or – wait, what was I doing?
Can we go to another museum?
I should help that person. I don’t know them. But I should help. Shouldn’t I? Or is that weird? I don’t want to make them uncomfortable.
I didn’t do anything incredible today. I’M A COMPLETE FAILURE!
“How am I doing?” I don’t know if you really want to know. And I don’t want to burden you by oversharing. Maybe I should just say “fine.”
That poor coffeemaker. It sounds like it’s gonna die. Must be a rough life, making office coffee every day.
I can’t wait to get this done so I can read.
Did anyone else notice her reaction? She was really upset. Someone should do something. Should I do something?
Where’d my pen go?
Wow. That’s such an inspiring story. I should be more like that.
Did I forget to eat lunch? I should eat something.
But why do I get to eat food when other people are starving?
How can you not support this cause? Or that one? Or that one?
Ooh, that’s colorful. Can I try it? Can I have it?
I want to tell you what I think, but you didn’t ask so I probably won’t. But it’s a really great thought. I’ll write it down.
Must try harder to be perfect!
If my best friend asked me to bury a body, not gonna lie, I’d show up with a shovel and some chocolate.
I would be so much more creative if I didn’t have all these restrictions.
I hope everyone at my party gets along okay.
Why is my closet empty? Dang it, did I forget to do laundry again? That’s okay. It’s just a creative challenge. I’ve got this…