Three Most Important Texts from Semester One
Throughout high school, I have had a rather up and down outlook on my literature courses in part because of the texts that are presented to us on the curriculum. In my freshman year of high school our one big text was Romeo and Juliet and while I am more appreciative of William Shakespeare now than I was a freshman, I still do not enjoy Romeo and Juliet in any way shape or form. My sophomore year we read texts I found tolerable such as To Kill A Mockingbird and Julius Caesar, but these were overshadowed by intolerable and droll texts like Cry The Beloved Country. In my junior year I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Great Gatsby spoke to me on multiple levels. The study of The Great Gatsby was fantastic and really made me a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald as I have now read some of his other classics as well. Keeping tallies in my head, that means that I enjoyed exactly one text in three years of high school leading up to my senior year. Thankfully, I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the texts that I have come into contact with this year. Overall, the three most important texts from my perspective were Macbeth, Valediction Forbidding Mourning, and Sonnet 116.
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth was hands down my favorite text read this semester and as such I will list it as the most important text we read. Macbeth is quite simply, the best play that I have ever read and I appreciated it more than I can put in words. My favorite part of Macbeth was the Tomorrow Soliloquy that Macbeth himself delivers in the fifth scene of the fifth act. The message throughout this single soliloquy is what made the whole play work for me personally. I think it is sad to see how...
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... best to ever write definitely doesn’t hurt its’ reputation. Valediction Forbidding Mourning appeals to me on a more emotional level because I think it is wonderful to recognize that, whether it be for metaphysical concepts or not, we should recognize the reality of mourning is pointless to an extent. William Shakespeare is such an important and influential writer that professors could debate for days about his most important literary work. In my mind, there is no contest, Macbeth is hands down the best Shakespeare literary work and possibly one of the most important texts ever written. If you disagree with the previous statement, all you need to do is reread the Tomorrow Soliloquy until you are able to appreciate Macbeth as it should be appreciated. Thanks to my teacher Mr. McGee for furthering my reading education and showing me how to appreciate it in the process.
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