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Oct 28, 11

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Read from October 24 to 27, 2011, read count: 1

Unfortunately, [i]Beowulf[/i], like many other great classics, is a casualty of our public school system. We force this book on high school students, who come out with absolutely no understanding of it, bored out of their minds, and they forget everything they read within a few days. Later on in life, they claim the book was tedious, boring, and irrelevant, even though they barely skimmed even the sparknotes they used to write their papers about it. The interesting thing is that the same people who find this book 'boring' spend 3 hours watching Lord of the Rings... This pretty much IS Lord of the Rings, but regardless...

[i]Beowulf[/i] can only be appreciated by a mature mind reading it for both its cultural and artistic achievements. Reading it from a cultural perspective alone renders it tedious, and as a work of pure art it is inferior. But when viewed as both, it is one of the best sagas ever published. It is a GOOD story, an engaging epic, written in an engaging way. It also reveals the roots of Anglo-Saxon culture, in which we live. [i]Beowulf[/i] is a text that's alive, and a careful reader will discern in it a psychological work as well, because it is an expression of our collective consciousness, from a millennium ago, which has remained with us, albeit perhaps dormant.

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