First and foremost, I’m not arguing he shouldn’t be taught in schools,
I’m not arguing he isn’t one of the most important writers of all time. Yes, he invented and gave so much to the English language. Yeah, we use his delightful little sayings all the time, like “dead as a doornail,” “for goodness sake,” and “tongue tied”. All I’m saying is: the current English curriculum and its standard dry content turns America’s youth away from reading as a real hobby during their first couple years of high school.
Either way, he is a man that deserves much respect. But I can’t stress enough how I think his literature needs to be taught in a different way. I understand his themes are timeless and everyone can relate regardless of the time period or advancement of society… but it’s too dry and it turns away young people. It’s language makes it hard to get into the book and story. Maybe for upper-level English classes in college, but don’t scare them away when they’re still young and impressionable.
In my own personal public high school experience, I was forced to read the likes of Shakespeare and other titles in a similar vein like Jane Eyre and The Scarlett Letter. Yet I was lucky, at the same time I was afforded the opportunity to venture outside the realm of classical literature. I read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and even the highly controversial title by Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. These are the kind of titles that got me hooked into the world of literature.
Regardless of your opinion on Shakespeare, a new movie titled Anonymous is coming out and looks very intriguing…
Check out this Radiohead infused trailer (Everything in its Right Place – Kid A)
According to the Anonymous trailer description…
“Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.”
What’s your take on this? Do you have a plan to engage America’s youth?? More teen paranormal romance novels?