Fallen Angels By Walter Dean Myers Essay

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Fallen Angels is a coming-of-age novel about a young man who enters the army during the Vietnam War in the 1960’s. The book was banned by certain school districts for its use of profanity, sexual language, racism, and vulgarity, and has been repeatedly challenged by parents and teachers over the past 15 years (Serena, 2010). No punches were pulled in this novel. It successfully paints a picture of war as teens drafted during the Vietnam War era, and tells how they would have experienced and been impacted by those events (Serena, 2010). The Author’s background and life-story and his response to the challenges of his book, and the reasons behind why so many people were prompted to have it banned will be explored in this paper.
Walter Dean Myers was born in West Virginia in 1937. Myers’s mother died three years after his birth, and his father, put him into foster care. His foster parents lived in Harlem, and he spent most of his childhood and young adulthood there. Myers suffered from a speech impediment that made it difficult for him to communicate (Sparknotes, 2013). Myers turned to writing, since he had trouble reaching out verbally pouring out his thoughts in poems and short stories. He spent hours in the public library, reading anything he could get his hands on. By the time Myers reached high school, he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford to go to college. On his seventeenth birthday, he joined the army (Sparknotes, 2013). Myers has typically drawn from his own life…

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