Shmoop Announces Holiday Gift Lists for Jay Gatsby, Prince Hamlet, and Macbeth

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Shmoop has checked its list twice and come up with the perfect gifts for these characters from classic literature.

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What do most literary characters have in common? They're terrible. Sure, there are a few Atticuses and Celies in the bunch, but for the most part, the figures of classic literature don't deserve much more for holidays than a big ol' pile of coal.

Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com), a digital publisher known for its award-winning test prep and certified online courses, has decided to get a little more creative by coming up with a few fitting holiday gifts for some of literature's more controversial characters. In addition to the coal, of course.

For Jay Gatsby, Shmoop went for a bunch of small things. First, a diary. Dude had a lot of thoughts and seemed to bottle them up into symbolic ponderings of the past, so it's probably good for him to put pen to paper. Shmoop also sprung for a gift card to Amazon to help Gatsby keep up the facade of reading that only an owl-eyed man could see through. And finally, a collection of bow ties—because looking sharp is what the Eggs are all about. Shmoop's also happy to share their secret egg nog recipe to help Gatsby keep those parties going...even if he wouldn't drink it himself.

For Hamlet, it was all about one big-ticket item: a life coach. This guy went through a lot in his life and, uh, it kinda messed him up. He became a little indecisive—to put it lightly—and Shmoop figured he could really use some guidance to help get his family and life back in order.

And for Macbeth, in addition to a cleaning service (Lady Macbeth seems to have had some trouble with that one stain), Shmoop will be gifting a copy of Oedipus the King, just to remind him how the whole prophecy thing works.

Shmoop would like to note that, yes, all of these guys ended up dead, but hey...better late than never? Head over to Shmoop for more details about every canonical literary character under the sun, and subscribe to Shmoop to dig even deeper with their Online Courses about these texts.

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