Should Things Fall Apart Be Banned Essay

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Should WCC students who are required to read Things Fall Apart for a course be alerted to potentially upsetting content, including racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, the killing of children, suicide, or something else not on this list? The purpose of this argumentative essay is to determine whether or not students should be warned when reading novels with graphic content such as stories by The Brothers Grimm and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I personally do not think it is a big issue because there are much more graphic events that occur in the world we live in. At the end of the day it is only a book I don’t believe that we should have to walk on eggshells to accommodate to people who may get triggered by a book. College is supposed to be an environment where people are faced with challenging topic that will better prepare then for the rest of their lives. The story of the life of warrior Okonkwo is the focus of the story…show more content…
If someone thinks that they might get triggered by an event that takes place in a book, then maybe they shouldn’t be in an environment like this. I’m not saying that there aren’t tragic events that occur in the books we read such as Things Fall Apart, I’m saying that I don’t believe in censoring or warning people about a book because the world we live in is much crueler than any book. I don’t want my learning experience to be altered. If a person went through a traumatic event in the past it should be on them to notify the professor before the semester starts so that way things can be handled on a more individual and personal level. College is supposed to be challenging, so I believe that it is necessary to read books that will challenge us as a reader, not only by the literary difficulty but by the content being explained. It should challenge us as readers becaue a padded learning experience is a bad learning
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