How To Approach a Classic Piece of Literature
Step 1: Put aside your Pride and Prejudice
Approaching a classic can be frightening. There is the pressure to comprehend the work, to stay awake while reading it, and, most formidably, to like the work. Will hating it make you ignorant? The answer is, no way! Have a sense of accomplishment when you finish it, and do not be afraid to express your opinion, even if it is negative.
Step 2: Do not underestimate you Sense and Sensibility
There is some literature that seems impossible to comprehend. Do not worry; you are not alone in your confusion. One fool-proof safety net is sparknotes.com: it offers chapter-by chapter explanations that you can compare to your own analysis. Are you still eyeing that tome from across the room? Give up your staring contest; books that are labeled "classics" are popular for a reason- thousands of people all over the world have read them. You can too. I believe in you!
Yes, this is classic literature. No, it is not always impressive, or happy, or even well-written. Why? Every category used to evaluate literature is subjective, and your opinion is probably much different from everyone else's. Literature is a type of artwork. One opinion on it is not necessarily going to be yours.
~ Let me know your own tips and what you thought of some of the books that you've read in the comment section below. Buena Suerte!