So I've decided to make the next challenge more formal and take on a subject that has eluded me for all these years, William Shakespeare. Once again my main experience of Shakespeare comes from high school where we read the prerequisite Romeo and Juliet (ninth grade), Julius Caesar (tenth grade), and King Lear (twelfth grade). I was indifferent to Shakespeare throughout these readings, but it wasn't until two semesters ago, with the reading of Richard III, when I started to develop an irrational prejudice against the writer. I found myself asking, none to sanctimoniously, why do we hold this man up as the ultimate master of western literary tradition. Questioning Shakespeare in this way, I know, is tantamount to high treason, especially for an English major, and I just won't allow myself to reject his writing wholesale. I am ashamed to admit that I have not read Hamlet. This will be the first play I read in the challenge and the rest, I plan to read five, are up for grabs. I'm open to suggestions but I want to read at least one comedy and possibly two histories.
I hope Shakespeare and I find some common ground. I know I'm being naive in my opinion of him, and I hope to rectify this with a better appreciation of his work.