Even though writing is supposed to be free and eye-opening, why do so many people feel the need to follow such rigid rules with it?
Writing is what you make of it. It is an art that does have the ability to be as unrestricted and and loose as possible but it can also be done within the simple rules that schools teach students.
What is a work in literature that shows a major shift in American culture?
The Great Gatsby is just one example that has shown a major shift in American culture because it takes a world that has just come out of the strict and rigid Victorian Era and depicts society has literally turned upside down with alcohol, blatant adultery, and carelessness. Women went from wearing corsets and having their ankles covered to slathering on makeup and wearing the shortest dresses possible to go out and party in.
Why does English matter if I already know I dislike reading and writing?
English goes beyond just reading and writing. It involves language, communication, and seeing the world in a more creative point of view. English teaches people to become more articulate, question why the strategies for learning aren't just black and white, and show how it's still just as much of an art form as Shakespeare originally depicted the language to be.