Why do you read classics?

@shlooper (310)
United States
July 14, 2008 10:40pm CST
I used to never read classics because they were so hard to get through, then I took a class where I was required to read them. Now I love them and read them all the time because of the good messages and the good writing. I understand the reasons why they are classics. For those of you who do read classical literature, do you do it because you love it, because you like the ideas, to appear informed, or because you have to? Or some other reason?
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@subha12 (18463)
• India
15 Jul 08
I read classics froim very young age. at that time my grandfather pointed that I amy not be able to read and get the essence of it. But I wa sable to do so.Actually I love the classic way of writing those. i like those literature masterpieces.
@shlooper (310)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I find that when I re-read classics that I read when I was younger I sometimes find different meanings in them. They meant something different to me then than they do now.
@bradzuo (24)
• China
13 Jul 12
i love reading classics,'cause i am sure we can benefit a lot from reading them.for one thing ,classics will help broaden our horizons.while observing characters in classic can definitely learn essential life ethics.for another ,with condensed beauty of arts,they will enchance reader's aesthetic taste
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
22 Sep 08
I like reading classics books because the way it was written is more unique and it is a good source of learning history.
@enzabird (130)
• United States
21 Jul 08
iI read classics because it makes me feel more cultured. I am better able to have intelligent conversation and to understand allusions. I actually have enjoyed some of the classics that I've read, but others were horrid. I had to force feed myself. (and some, i admit, i didn't make it through, oh well. :P)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I read classics because I feel like viewing things differently. They stimulate the mind, and cause everybody to view the world differently. The more ways one can view the world, the better they are able to ponder the meaning of everything. I also read classics as opposed to newer works because there is a much larger chance I will enjoy reading the unique style of a famous author than pick up a new work of fiction and appreciate it. The nuances of classic literature are incredible, and I find that the more I read classic literature, the better I write. It also stimulates the creative side of my mind instead of the mathematical-scientific one. This may benefit my views on science. In a nutshell, I guess I just tend to find classic literature pretty fun to read. In terms of types, I typically enjoy dystopian, horror, science fiction, adventure, and satirical works. I am currently reading Dracula. Some of my favorite classics have been 1984, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and War of the Worlds. I am going to read Don Quixote upon completion of Dracula.
• United States
15 Jul 08
I find that the Classics are more imaginative. Since its the early authors. My favorite classic book is 'Treasure Island' -- I cannot pass up a good pirate book!
• United States
15 Jul 08
A whole lot of people love reading the classics, as I do. That's why they are classic. For the most part, their plots, characters, themes and the ways in which they are written surpass others. When we read classics, they come alive in our minds, and we make beautiful mental movies about them. Sometimes they can be a little difficult, because they are in language no longer current, but they're fairly easy to get used to, and well worth the effort. Grab a classic from the shelves, relax and dive right in. It's truly a joy!
@magojordan (3256)
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
I read classics because it contains better stories than most of contemporary novels now. Also it provides a good background of history and it is better than reading history books sometimes.
• United States
15 Jul 08
I love classics as well, I often read classic negative utopia novels since they get me thinking about our society and human nature more, such as "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, Orwell's "1984", etc.
• United States
15 Jul 08
I love to read classics just for my love of reading. I first started reading them because i wanted to see what made the classics, and now i am addicted to them.