Eagleton: We are what we make of ourselves
"...Shakespeare was not great literature lying conveniently to hand...he is great literature because the institution constitutes him as such" (Eagleton 176).
This is something about literature that has always bothered me. Why is it that I should love Shakespeare, or Chaucer, or any other author? When it was determined that these are the people everyone needs to read, I was not asked for my opinion, yet i am most definitely part of that everyone group. One of my favorite books will likely never be part of any literary canon, the title is "World War Z" and it is written as a collection of interviews with survivors after a zombie apocolypse has taken place. There is just as much to be found in this work as there is in any play by Shakespear, but why is it not taken as seriously as Shelley's "Frankenstein"? I hate the powers who be, I constantly have to fight them, but have no chance of winning because i don't know who it is im fighting. They are without names, and without faces. Kind of like the group the smoking man belonged to on the x files, they exist without our knowledge, but make our most important decisions for us.