Always Running Essay

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Forbidden Tales
Across America today there are thousands of books that have been banned because of controversial topics tat parents may not want their kids to be exposed to. Within those thousands of books there is one in particular that stands out the most, which is “Always Running” by Luis Rodriguez; with its explicit language, sexual descriptions, and gang warfare, interprets exactly how life on the streets of East L.A does not always have to result in a deceitful ending. Although many authorities figures despise his book and accept that it should be banned in high schools, I beg to differ and conclude that it should be available to high school sophomore, junior, and senior students because it would allow them to see the struggle he survived and the passion he has for life. His story will and has already opened their eyes and will bring awareness to them and the effects of gang life.

Throughout the book Rodriguez encounters many different situations, some violent and others sexual. He had sex several times with many different ladies at a young age and the way he describes sex is greatly imaginable and detailed and just seems too much for some to handle. The heavy wording and language he uses might make the reader of such a young age feel uncomfortable; for example, Rodriguez writes, “my hand moved to the top of her pants, where a button had been loosened, and I pushed my hand through and found I could go all the way to the stem of her pleasure, to the silkiness of her vagina, while she squirmed and tightened and squeezed as I felt myself swimming, drowning, in the ocean of our lovemaking” (168). This type of language might be uncomfortable for some however when it comes to high school students most of them will most likely know how to behave when they read something like this especially when they are understanding the way someone lived and how he made it through the struggles he was facing, and sex just happened to be a way of him getting to the...
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