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In the essay "The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society", Jonathan Kozol spreadsawareness on the realities of those who live illiterate lives. It feels simple (or it did for me), toassume the perspective of someone who never learned literacy. You just couldn't read a book, ora news headline, or your taxes . . . or the directions to anywhere, the warnings of lung cancer oncigarettes. Eventually, imagining a life without reading or writing becomes incomprehensible.Kozol shows us that this is no simple matter. He overwhelms the reader with all the things theilliterate struggle with - and the things the reader is privileged with - which illuminates the storyof the underprivileged, and the responsibilities each one of us has within society."They cannot read the menu in a restaurant. They cannot read the cost of items on themenu in the window of the restaurant before they enter. Illiterates cannot read the letters theirchildren bring home from their teachers." (Kozol 188) This is early in the essay, but it's clear thatKozol is trying to build the case for why illiteracy is so difficult. He brings out a laundry list of

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Writing, Functional illiteracy, Illiterate Society, Jonathan Kozol

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