So it’s been back to school for me the past two weeks, and I’ve had far less time to read for myself than I would like. I’m taking two literature classes this semester: U.S. Lit Since Realism and Shakespeare, and both are obviously pretty densely packed, reading wise.
The first book we read for U.S Lit was the American classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which I’ve read before, but not since high school. I though maybe I would enjoy more a second time around, but I really just couldn’t get into it. I do enjoy (like the english major nerd I am) all the *~symbolism~* and possible meaning behind the adventures, but the overall story itself just isn’t for me.
Completely switching gears, I also read King Henry IV Part I for my Shakespeare class. We’re cramming SEVEN plays into this little semester, which seems like a lot to me? Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. But anyway, this was our first one, and one I’ve never read before. I actually haven’t had any experience with any of the history plays, and this was definitely a good place to start. I ended up really enjoying Falstaff and his crazy antics, and watching Harry mature, and even learning all the terms that go with the play! (Again, English nerd. But FUN FACT: I’m currently re-reading TFIOS and HAMARTIA, one of those terms, was in the book and I was quite excited). Overall, It was definitely (pleasantly) surprising because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy King Henry IV at all really. I’m much more inclined to read the comedies or tragedies, or even Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Luckily next we’re reading one of my favorite ever Shakespeare plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Some favorite quotes from Huck:
“Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right.”
“I couldn’t bear to think about it; and yet, somehow, I couldn’t think about nothing else.”
“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.”
And from King Henry:
“Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere.”
“O, while you live, tell truth, and shame the Devil!”
^Not necessarily a favorite, but is Shakespeare where this quote come from? I had no idea!
How do you feel about these two? What have you been reading in your spare time?