Like the reporters and camera men at the time, this book provides in great detail what atrocities occurred during the war. “Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is a montage of graphic scenes.”(pen.org). Because of its graphic violence and abundant use of profanity, The Things They Carried has been banned and challenged throughout the United States. In Troup, Texas 2016, a mother of an AP English student claimed that the book was “complete garbage, trash” and that it contains “nothing…that will benefit [students] physically, emotionally — mentally, morally, spiritually to be used as an educational tool.” (cbldf.org). Because of this challenge to the book, the principal decided that all questionable content regarding student curriculum will be disclosed to parents beforehand.
Why is To Kill a Mockingbird banned? Many people have come to realize that the award winning To Kill a Mockingbird was banned and challenged countless times. Although there are several offensive scenes in the book, very many people are outraged that their child cannot read this award winning novel. The question is, why is this novel banned? By examining the profanity, racial content, and references to rape, it’s deemed inappropriate for teens to read and is banned from several school libraries and lessons in school.
First, Lee introduces Burris Ewell in Scout’s first grade class. He is not taken care of and is not even able to spell his own name. Lee uses the narration by Scout and direct description, “The cootie’s host showed not the faintest interest in the furor he had wrought. He searched the scalp above his forehead, located his guest and pinched it between his thumb and forefinger.” (Lee, 29), to show the reader he goes unnoticed, and is dirty. Scout describes Burris as, “The filthiest human I had ever seen” (Lee, 29) and describes him by saying, “His neck was dark gray, the backs of his hands were rusty, and his fingernails were black deep into the quick.” (Lee, 29).
Many schools across the nation debated the topic of banning the book Catch-22 from schools due to the repeated and inappropriate use of foul language used throughout the book; however, Catch 22 provides students with a satirical take on the effects of war on the mind. Catch-22 must be permitted into schools because the novel provides a high school student with an analytical insight into war and allows the student to articulate an opinion of war and the effects followed by a conflict. War has been a controversial topic for the last few decades; many Americans since the Vietnam protests of the 1960’s have come to the decision that War is wrong and an injustice to humanity, but high school students are old enough to formulate an assumption on this long debated topic; Catch-22 may help students make this assumption of war and the effects that follow. Amy Goodwin an Athens News contributor suggested in an article that former President Barack Obama should read Catch-22,” It was his Oct. 2nd, 2002 speech in Chicago, where he declared his opposition to the imminent invasion
Destiny of the Republic is one the first novel I have read by Candice Millard, but based on Candice Millard work it kept me very hooked throughout the reading and it was an eye-opener in how technology took place in this novel in how it wasn 't effective in the surgery of James Garfield in trying to heal his infections from the bullet wound. When technology is such a great factor in today 's society how we ca n’t live without it today and how Americans today will go beyond crazy if we didn 't have the resources that we have today. So it makes me realize how everyone struggled tremendously during the 1800s, specifically with
The article Darkness at Noon by Harold Krents is about his experience of being fully blind since the age of nine. Harold Krents grew up in Scarsdale, Ny, and he was the senior class president. He was born in 1944 November 5th and died on 1987 January 12th. Harold was half blind when he was born, but at the age of nine he got in a football injury then went fully blind. One theme that stood out is “It is wrong to judge someone based on a disability they have.” A example from the story that made the readers think this is that he got rejected from 40 law firms, just because he was blind!
Many books have been censored or banned in libraries and schools across the United States because of their suggestive or inappropriate content. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, a sequel to the popular The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, is one of the books that are being illuminated as “unfit to read”. It is the story a young boy, Huck, and a black man, Jim, in the 1800s, who ran away and their journey across the Mississippi River. It is a controversial piece in a majority of the classrooms across America. In this book, the N word shows up over two hundred times (Here's Why Banning 'Huck Finn' Over The N-Word Sends The Wrong Message).
“You don 't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” Ray Bradbury had said. Ray Bradbury was a well known American fantasy author that lived in the twentieth century. One of Ray Bradbury’s most renowned and best-known piece of work is his novel “Fahrenheit 45” that was published in 1953, right after World War Two. During the war, Ray Bradbury witnessed the Nazi book burnings as a teenager, where the Nazis would burn all books going against their beliefs.
The Things They Carried has many great stories by Tim O’brien, but On The Rainy River was my favorite and seemed to follow the psychological literary lens. This chapter not only showed his embarrassment but the strength behind his choice and what it meant to him, this chapter explains why he went to war. In June of 1968, Tim was drafted for the war. He was one month out of Macalester College. He couldn't believe it!
Another instance of an illogical death was the death of a high school teacher named Edgar Derby. Derby “pulled political wires” (Vonnegut 38) to initially be allowed to fight, but he was well-suited for the war, and he survived the fighting, getting captured, and the bombing of Dresden. However, after the war ended and some prisoners of war were taking war souvenirs, Derby “was caught with a teapot he had taken from the catacombs. He was arrested for plundering. He was tried and shot” (Vonnegut 95).