Many authors have a reason for their writing style. Sometimes their style is due to certain events that have happened throughout their life, where they write to try to prevent the same thing happening or others. The things writers go through and write about may not be “appropriate” according to school boards and “concerned” parents; but they teach lessons and in some occasions, help save lives. Ellen Hopkins, a well-known young adult author, has written many books that have changed the readers paths in life; seeing what the real possibilities are. Many people disagree with her writing style, but she writes these novel so people can avoid and see the consequences of bad decisions. Ellen Hopkins was a baby when she was adopted by Valeria and Albert Wagner in Palm Springs, California. Valeria was 42 at the time and Albert was 72. Hopkins adoptive parents have had a major impact on her writing style. Valeria read to Ellen every night at a very young age, thus leading her to read chapter books before she even started kindergarten. Albert taught her the value of honesty and good work ethic. Ellen was influenced by her teachers in the private school her adopted parents enrolled her in. Her teachers told her that she could be anything she wanted to be when she grows up. With that advice, she never gave up her dream, and at the age of nine she published her first poem in the Palm Springs Desert Sun. Hopkins biological mother, Toni Chandler, was a writer and a poet. Hopkins parents have made a very big impact on her writing career in a good and supporting way. Without her parents and the encouragement she was given, she probably wouldn’t have achieved her dream. Crank by Ellen Hopkins tells the story of a teenage girl who becomes addi... ... middle of paper ... ... another. Ignorance is no armor. And those whose lives are touched by the issues I write about deserve to know they are not alone.” (Ellen Hopkins). In reality, she was trying to do the opposite when she wrote the story. She wanted to show what could happen choosing the wrong path, by writing about real life situations so it doesn’t happen to another kid or parent(s). The things Hopkins have been through throughout her life have made her see all risks of the bad things her daughter went through, and she wants to try and help people through these novels. The first time she heard about getting censored she wrote a poem called Manifesto and sent it out to her publisher. Although many parents and schools disagree with her writing style and theme, she still continues to write inspiring books and doesn’t let the news about her censorship ruin her confidence in writing.
In 1975 the “interesting” books for students of the Island Tree School District were nearly thrown under the bed forever. The Island Tree School District was presented with a complaint from the group Parents of New York United that posed a concern regarding the content of library materials. This community was concerned that public school libraries in the district were exceedingly “permissive” with the books they provided for students. The list of books that the Parents of New York United were wary of were: “Slaughter-House Five,” by Kurt Vonnegut; “The Fixer,” by Bernard Malamud; “The Naked Ape,” by Desmond Morris; “Down These Mean Streets,” by Piri Thomas; “Best Short Stories of Negro Writers,” edited by Langston Hughes; “A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich,” by Alice Childress; “Soul on Ice,” by Eldridge Cleaver; “A Reader for Writers,” edited by Jerome Archer, and “Go Ask Alice,” by an anonymous author(New York Times, 1982). The Island Tree School Board complied with the Parents of New York United's concern and took these books off school shelves in early 1976.
In her article she first use ethos to let the reader know that she is credible in this topic and knows what she is talking about on the subject censorship. By letting the audience know that she know that she is credible she use for personal experience threw out life by coming in contact with censorship a daily basis by being an author and also threw her childhood experiences. (I found john o hara name on my reading list. No a specific title by john o hara , but any title . I didn’t waste my time. I went down to the public library in Elizabeth, new jersey, that afternoon-a place where id spent so many happy hours as a young child, id pasted a card pocket on the inside back cover of each book I owned and looked for a rage to live. But I couldn’t find it. When I ask the librarian told me that book was restricted. It was kept in a closet, and I couldn’t take it out without written permission from my parents.(317)) she also use the other credibility of the past teachers who have gotten fried over censored and banned martials in their curriculum (Colorado do English ...
That is the way censorship is brought up in the book. Today, however, it affects more than just books. It is used in movies, TV, news, magazines, and the Internet. Words, obscenity, and some vulgar things can be kept from the viewing audience. They can keep certain people, those seventeen and younger from seeing movies, TV, or Internet sites. In the book one character makes a point of saying, “ignorance is fatal.”
What would it be like to live in the south during the 1960’s? How about to live with bees? Sue Mont Kidd got to encounter both of these things while pursuing her innate talent to write. Her childhood memories and ambitions, experiences with bees, and the social climate of the south left an imprint on Sue Monk Kidd, as evident in the coming-of-age novel The Secret Life of Bee.
As every well-read person knows, the background in which you grow up plays a huge role in how you write and your opinions. Fuller grew up with a very strict education, learning multiple classic languages before she was eight years old. Fern grew up with writers all throughout her family and had a traditional education and saw first hand the iniquities of what hard-working had to contend with. Through close analysis of their work, a reader can quickly find the connections between their tone, style, content, and purpose and their history of their lives and their educational upbringing.
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Censorship is a shroud for the intolerable, a withdrawal from the cold truths of humanity, and ultimately, the suppression of expression. When a book such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is banned in classrooms, students are not only stripped of an enriching work of literature, but also consequently stripped of the cultural and moral awareness required to survive in a world stained with imperfection and strewn with atrocity.
Gwendolyn Brooks once said “I felt that I had to write. Even if I had never been published, I knew that I would go on writing, enjoying it, and experiencing the challenge”. For some, writing may not be enjoyable or easy, but for Brooks writing was her life. Gwendolyn Brooks not only won countless awards, but also influenced the lives of several African Americans.
The 650 page novel, Burned, by Ellen Hopkins was originally published in 2006. It is the first book in the series. The book is written in an unusual free verse format, which makes it different from most books. Burned is adult fiction book but many readers of all ages will fly through the novel once they’ve started.
There has recently been a renewed interest and passion in the issue of censorship. In the realm of the censorship of books in schools alone, several hundred cases have surfaced each year for nearly the past decade. Controversies over which books to include in the high school English curriculum present a clash of values between teachers, school systems, and parents over what is appropriate for and meaningful to students. It is important to strike a balance between English that is meaningful to students by relating to their lives and representing diversity and satisfying worries about the appropriateness of what is read. This burden often falls on teachers. The purpose of this research paper is to discuss censorship in schools and to argue that the censorship of books in the high school English curriculum is limiting and takes away literature that is meaningful to students.
While many critics continue to complain about the dark nature/ harsh reality of current YA literature, Corbett defends YA literature and the authors, who make valid literary choices when they create narratives involving previously taboo topics. She vehemently argues that those teens struggling with suicidal thoughts, divorce, puberty and other challenges need an outlet for those emotions, or at least reassurance that they are not alone. Corbett agues there is no better way than a book to help teens navigate this rocky stage of their lives and having access to
William’s Stafford’s view when he wrote “A Way of Writing” was very informative. Even though, I always question my abilities as a writer, while reading Stafford’s work it made me feel like I was not alone in my insecurities and it arose confidence in me. He gave me some wonderful ideas that I will implement in my writing, for example, receptivity, face, book, die,.