Originally Posted by morriss003
While I agree with you to some extent, I also have to ask, "Why Shakespeare?" Aren't there more modern playwrights who make the same points Shakespeare made in a easier to understand language?
You need them to use their brains. The whole point is you need them to do something that requires effort. You need them to read something that is difficult to comprehend.
Otherwise, thinking does not happen. Otherwise, learning to focus does not take place.
The brain needs exercise. The ability to focus does not come innate. Attention spans can be lengthened even without chemicals. THAT is the whole point of reading something difficult or 'boring'. It's not (just) to teach literature. It's to teach them how to use their brains. And to train them in using their brains.
Do you question why a football player needs to lift weights? It's boring and it is not directly related to what he is doing on the field. Yet, it makes him a stronger player.
Same thing. Reading obscure material is weightlifting for the brain.