The case for classics

Staff writer William Biagini writes about classic literature and its linguistic importance to the modern world.

Throughout the decades, we have seen a dramatic societal shift from reading and enjoying classic novels to spending all our free time watching television shows and anxiously hoping that people “like” our worthless social media posts. Furthermore, our broken education system has been pushing for the banning of classic novels that Americans used to enjoy many years ago.

This is a good indicator that we are not progressing as a society. Rather, I would go so far as to say that we are returning. I’m sure you have heard, as most of us have, that our generation is smarter and more intelligent than any other that has preceded us. I would beg to differ.

If one would go so far as to claim that if we are “smarter” than those who came before us, then we should have no problem understanding even the basic plot of a novel written in the late 1800s — the golden age of fiction. However, this is not the case. In fact, I have encountered many students and professors alike who cannot understand even the mere first few sentences of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” This is why, in this article, I want to make the case for the classics and why everyone should take time out of their day to read them.

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