Adventure means moving from safety to danger, and then repeating this cycle. In classic tales of adventures, the adventurer departs from his home, comfort, and safety and then finds himself in risks and hazards. They then always return home wiser or richer than they were before they departed on their journey. It is a very mythic and circular basic structure. It also depends on the time that the story was written, as what safety and danger is defined as has changed throughout history. What kind of items are considered valuable has also developed over time. Here are 5 of the best adventure stories for those who love a classic adventure.
The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey by Homer although is not a novel, is an epic poem. It is the most fitting way to start out this list. Odysseus is hard to defeat as an adventurer with his completely thrilling adventures which are also full of symbols and metaphors. If you are someone that loves adventures, this work is a not miss.
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift is an adventure novel that creates a social satire. The author uses the ideas of contemporary travel in order to mock various topics, such as politics, religion, science and overall human nature. Gulliver’s journey is really an internal one, in which he goes from optimistic to complete bitterness. He becomes more negative as he becomes more adventurous.
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Herman Melville began his work by writing straightforward style adventure novels. His works were set in the South Sea, which were exotic locations that featured dangerous natives. However, he then wrote Moby-Dick which was a much greater and original piece of work. The basic idea of the adventure was still present, however mostly the hazards in the novel are mostly philosophical instead of physical.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson offers the perfect adventure story, looking for a buried treasure. Although it is seriously cliche, the pirate with one leg, the treasure map, the chubby cabin boy, and the parrot that talks are only cliches because of this novel. At the time all of these things were completely original and they have become such a part of our collective understanding. Treasure Island is a classic and unmatched adventure story of its kind.
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard is strange in a completely wonderful way. It is like an imperialistic fairy tale. It has three Englishmen go are searching for mines by using an ancient map that has been drawn in blood. These men find a lost kingdom and heroically participate in a gory civil war. During their journey this find untold riches in a secret cave. The story is quite racist unfortunately and can answer your question as to where Indiana Jones originated from.