So, I emailed one of my friends a few weeks ago who is currently studying to be a teacher. I asked him what classics were important to him, and what reasons. Here’s what classics are important and why, coming from the standpoint of a teacher.
I think the classics are very important! I also believe it’s important to bring in literature from other cultures as well as modern literature to be a true well-rounded person/reader.
As far as the classics are concerned specifically, Shakespeare is definitely my favorite!
Shakespeare wrote about psychological concepts with his characters before Freud even developed the concept. He takes a deep psychological look at his characters, writes poetically, and maintains a magnificent story line. It doesn’t get any better than that!
I just finished a course on John Steinbeck. His classics such as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” give readers and in depth look on what migration was really like for segregated workers during this time. It helped me personally understand communism, class separation, and some of the developments that we currently have economically because of it. This isn’t something that can simply be described. Steinbeck gives us an experience through real situations.
Edgar Allan Poe, simple enjoyment! He changed the way we look at “the way things should be.” He broke the mode and gave creativity to writers. He helped writers and readers alike break from the stereotypes and dig into an imaginary world that we’ve felt but couldn’t describe. I’m wearing my “The Raven” shirt as we speak.
I’m sure I can think of some more. These are just a few of the most recent stories that I’ve reconnected with.
What other standpoints would you like to see the classics from?