One of our world’s most vital tokens throughout its stages of humanity is literature. Books have formed not only the history of our existence, but also an escape from reality that is calming, exhilarating, and therapeutic. Not all literary works are meant to be taught, but a majority of them obtain historical evidence and literary elements that are worth teaching. Many of these elements have to do with the year that they were written or published, and while some subjects create a positive persona for the human race, there are also many calamitous events that have occurred throughout history that deserve recognition as well. Unfortunately, throughout the years high school students have been limited to gaining the knowledge of these realities simply because they are considered to be “shocking” or “inappropriate.”
It is understood that innocence is an important factor throughout the stages of adolescence; however, if children continue to be sheltered throughout their entire life until the moment they reach adulthood, they will be shocked to discover the evil that occurs Earth. They would also have a more difficult time appreciating the good that takes place as well. The teaching of various novels throughout schooling can play a key role in the process of maturity. Books have the power to lead by a good example, and teach the consequences and detriment that immorality can create.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, written by Ken Kesey, is the perfect example of a novel that expresses immoral behavior, yet it consequently provides a moral message about the rights every human being should obtain, whether they are sane or not. Although Kesey’s novel is fictional, it provides historical accuracy that is worth discussing in an educational environment. The setting of the novel takes place in the 1960s around the time of the Civil Rights Movement. While the main focus was on the African Americans and their rights during this time, many didn’t notice the corruption...
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