A question I am about to wrestle with in class:
Why the heck do we read?
While we all know it’s important to be able to comprehend the symbols we call letters, why should we read outside of school? What is it accomplishing for us to read all of these old, archaic books by people who have been dead for centuries? Are there good reasons for continuing to read Dracula and Jane Eyre, or are we just afraid to start reading newer, more ‘exciting’ books?
While I am certainly looking for more answers (thus, asking for your feedback, whoever you may be), I quote renowned literary critic, Harold Bloom:
“The deepest motive for reading has to be the quest for wisdom” (Where Shall Wisdom Be Found).
To encounter and engage new ideas, and to let one’s own ideas be challenged and revised – in other words, to be affected intellecutally and emotionally – this is why we read.