The Title is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Should not be read in schools", this is an essay supporting the idea that the book should not be taught in school due to its explicit content.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Should not be read in schools

Although literature is a subject that should be explicit and from the heart, some books are completely saturated with truth and therefore makes the book too intense for high school reading. One of these books is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, contains multitudes of hurtful and almost perverted rape scenes. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings should not be taught in high school due to its graphic nature, racism, and the adverse effect that they have on our students growing minds.

In her book, Maya Angelou talks about her being raped at the age of eight, but the way that the event was written and the explicitness of it can seriously put ideas into the minds of the students. "Then there was pain. The act of rape on an eight-year-old body is the matter of the needle giving because the camel can't" (p65).

Directly followed by, ""but don't you tell...Remember, don't you tell a soul" (p 66). This is seriously disgusting and too explicit for the high school students. The opposition may say, "Oh but it teaches you about the future." But no it definitely does not, maybe the future of a mentally unstable psychopathic pedophile but definitely not any of the students. Not only that but how can Mr. Freeman say what he said after raping an eight-year-old girl? Especially the context in which he used the word "Remember", because he was directly referring to what he told Angelou earlier, "If you ever tell anybody what we did, I'll have to kill Bailey" (p 62). This line brings a sour flavor of bile in my mouth. How sick is it to rape a small child and then use her...