Monday, 8 April 2013

The Importance of Shakespeare

Although I do not enjoy studying Shakespeare, I believe that it is an important unit to study.  By reading Shakespeare, it forces the reader to analyze the text and understand the plot.  We practice thinking and understanding skills that develop the mind.  Reading Shakespeare makes us interpret stories not written in simple modern English.  By doing so, reading simplistic literature will become a lot easier without the obsolete words holding you back. 

Shakespeare may seem pointless but there are subjects in other classes that seem pointless as well.  I believe the purpose of learning these topics is to develop the mind which will help our thinking and problem solving skills.  By having a difficult task and having to analyze it, the brain will become used to doing this and eventually it will become easier.  Not everyone enjoys everything they learn in a class but I do not think that is a valid reason to remove it from the curriculum.


  1. Katie, thank you for your insightful comments. I felt really put on the spot in class when asked "why do we read Shakespeare?" You have clearly outlined important reasons for continuing to study this dead, old, white man!

  2. I like how you said it helps us develop our mind and thinking because that's how I think our classes nowadays are trying to teach, instead of just teaching us facts to remember. I also agree that Shakespeare should be taught in class.