These are tales of young love, madness, family drama, aging, ambition, murder, and intrigue. Consider thinking of your major as your Major Area of Exploration. We all tend to jump to conclusions. Even in prisons, inmates who pursue educational opportunities regularly find lessons about Shakespeare and his plays.
When you read a great book, the idea is, you are looking into a mirror-a pretty special mirror, one that reflects the world in a way that allows us to see its true nature.
Discover the traditions that you are part of. As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that perhaps they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.
Outside of the classroom, there are movies, ballets, live theater and Shakespearean festivals. Why should it be any surprise, then, that the first time people read Shakespeare they don't get it? And since a little learning is a dangerous thing, a liberal arts education teaches us to guard against the tendency to make the world fit the confines of our philosophy or ideology.
Nothing less that ourselves and the world-certainly worthy subjects to study in college. But what makes the play terrifying is not that Macbeth looks like a fascist dictator-a popular staging these days-but because he looks like us.
The highlight of the convocation was an address by Michael Mack, director of the University Honors Program and associate professor of English.
How great his characters are, his insights into human nature-those reasons I found more compelling, but they still were a little too vague to be fully satisfying. But before venturing forth, let me say something to those here who think that this is a topic that doesn't concern you.
His influence on literature and the English language has been so significant that it is important to have an understanding of Shakespeare to understand the modern world.
Without doubt, we cannot expect different results by continuing the same curriculum. In all the world of storytelling he has become the greatest name. What is more, as we hold the volume of Shakespeare in front of us, we see that it reflects not only the world around us, but also ourselves.
Have other people felt this way before? So as you are acquiring professional skills, don't neglect those foundational skills that will serve you throughout the rest of your life, whatever you are doing. This phenomenon of people having difficulty understanding Shakespeare is hardly new. And if you are a person of faith, which I hope is the case, as your ability to reason about the world and the human condition grows, so should your faith.
Chances are you use Shakespeare's expressions all the time even though you may not know it is the Bard you are quoting. The university, like Shakespeare, is for exploring the world and, through that exploration, better understanding yourself. And that is the reason for this lecture. If you want to grow crops, the first thing you have to do is to clear the land.
And to know humankind not just with your head, but with your entire humanity. Don't worry, it's not because I'm having a midlife crisis-which I plan to play out in this lecture to everyone's embarrassment. Shakespeare died in at the age of fifty-two.
A Time for Developing Interests If college is a time for asking questions, it also is a time for broadening your interests.Why Do We Still Study Shakespeare? A: Quick Answer. William Shakespeare's works are still studied for a number of reasons.
These include his ability to create a complex story, the range of emotions featured throughout his work and his ability to create multilayered characters, according to Shakespeare Online.
Shakespeare's way with words is. Why do we, as a society, read William Shakespeare's plays? The answer is a simple one The answer is a simple one and that is to have a common knowledge in our societies.
I often tell my students that one of the main reasons to read a Shakespeare play is simply for the privilege of telling others you’ve read a Shakespeare play.
And should we only read authors. "Why read Shakespeare?" The fact is, there are answers and there are answers.
We need to do better than the standard pieties, and in this talk I would like to go in search of a more compelling answer. 5. It is a challenge. Shakespeare will challenge your faculties and increase your IQ. Reading is known to be a great way to gain brain-power, and the classics (especially Shakespeare) are a smart choice because of all the lessons you can take away from them.
We do not read Shakespeare solely for the plot. Let me comment further on the language, particularly the point made about the distance from Chaucer to Shakespeare, and Shakespeare to us.
Chaucer’s Middle English differs dramatically from modern English chiefly in the vowels, which all shifted one place during the 15th century.Download