Rhetorical Analysis Of 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Cannot Sing'

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In Francine Prose’s essay “I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Sing” Prose tends to evoke her unsureness on why schools use certain books to teach students their moral values. Prose argues that certain books should be taught in English classes, that in fact, teach students their values. Prose uses several literary examples, such as Frankenstein, How To a Kill A Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, etc. She also provides several controversial opinions, such as using different books to try and teach students, like The Diary of a Young Girl, Teaching The Novel, and many more that she has personally read in her lifetime. She also claims that teacher should start teaching curriculum that has meaning and that will provide skills that a student would…show more content…
This books are taught because of their moral values. To Kill A Mockingbird had the moral of not judging somebody by their color and class. The Great Gatsby showed to always protect your morality and personal values no matter what society says, and Julius Caesar shows to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. All of these books teach students in various ways. Teachers assigned these books to leave marks on their readers (the students.) You can not use fact when it comes to books, when the values of the book is the entire teaching method. Teachers provide these books to not just follow their curriculum, they do it so that the students are able to get the bigger picture and connect the dots while they are reading. Plenty of books teaches valuable life lessons. Books are bought every single day. According to HuffPost nearly 3 million books were bought in 2010. Imagine the numbers now, where as the average book sales around 3000 copies. Books can mean a lot to people these days. A huge book that took people by the band was Thirteen Reasons Why. Thirteen Reasons Why was about a teenage girl who made tapes about why she killed herself. This type of genre can take an effect on somebody’s life, especially if they can highly relate to the book themself. Another huge book would be The Hunger Games series. The main character, Katniss, a brave and ferocious girl. She could be retained to a

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