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Julius caesar, scarlet letter, hamet, romeo and juliet Stating ideas bluntly Students are taught to see the one main purpose of the book (ie. racism, segregation, sexual identification, suicide, politics, etc.) Authors deserve to be recognized and understood from their artistic perspectives and what they wrote rather than simply the fact that they are “racist” or whatever they may be labeled as Books are about more than a simple lesson… treat them like works of art that can be interpreted in many ways rather than having one simple answer Language, rhythms, imagery Expand capacities, sharpen comprehension, deepen the way someone thinks or feels Get rid of “trends, cliches, and received ideas” DISCUSSION : Emily Daum Mr. Steeley / Period 7 AP English 11 2 / 9 / 18 In most english class curriculums, the task of reading and analyzing novels is significant, and can have an impact on a student’s view point when it comes to the true meaning in each and every book. In her article “I Know Why The Caged Bird Cannot Read”, Francine Prose speaks of her view on how schools approach novels, and how she believes that it is detrimental, rather than beneficial to the students. She argues that the strict tasks of analyzing and labeling main themes is a cliche and unnatural approach towards the true meaning behind the novels, in which she compares to ‘works of art’. Along with criticizing the analytical aspects, she also deems the novel choices to be standardized, lacking diversity of values. Personally, I agree on some terms with Prose, in the sense that I also believe a novel’s true meaning and depth can easily be lost through the evaluation process that is taken in high school, although I would not consider the book lists to be completely awful. English class book lists help lead students in the
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right direction towards literature, and can easily be modified to an improved extent. I believe that
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