Reflection On The Call Of The Wild

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Oscar Wilde, author of the book “The Picture of Dorian Grey”, declared, “The books the world calls ‘immoral’ are the books that show the world as it is”. Several parents have concerns that the book “The Call of the Wild” is too much for teenagers, and that is should not be a part of the high school curriculum. However, I believe that it is important for all teens to be exposed to the real world. In addition, most often teens have been exposed to, or at least heard about, many of the topics discussed in this classic book. Also, this story is timeless, and helps to teach students important lessons that will help them in the future. To begin, “The Call of the Wild” is considered, by many experts, to contain important literary value. Something…show more content…
I know that many parents are hesitant to allow their children to be exposed to the topics discussed in the book. But parents most often have no idea what goes on in the hallways before class. The concerned mother of a junior student wrote in a twelve page letter outlining her hesitations that, “This book is not so innocent; instead, this book is filthy, too much for teenagers”. With the way kids act in the hallways even before high school, I don’t believe that there are many new concepts that books could introduce. In addition, Evan Rankoff explains that, “the people… want their children to have open, expansive minds”. In order for students to grow, they need to be exposed to real life situations. In order to move on from difficult parts of our history, we need to learn about them. Although many parents may have concerns about these controversial books, these students are old enough to handle…show more content…
In the synopsis of this book, it describes how the men “overload the sled, beat the dogs, and plan poorly”. Bad decision making is a common part of life. However, this story also shows human’s capability for evil. These men were were quick to put the dogs below them and treat them horribly. Later on, the summary says that, “of an original team of fourteen [dogs], only five are still alive when they limp into camp”. The dogs were resilient and never gave up. This is an important lesson for students to learn. It is easy to give up when something seems too hard. But this book is a great example of being strong in the face of adversary. Parents seem to think that this book is too violent, but it shows the world how it truly is, and that is an important concept. To conclude, although there are many reasons the book “The Call of the Wild” should be banned, it offers great literary value. It shows the world as it really is. Subsequently, high school students are old enough to understand and learn from the topics discussed in this book. As Stephen Chbosky said, “banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need
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