Reading For Pleasure By ' Kill A Mockingbird ' Essay

813 Words Feb 5th, 2016 4 Pages
It can be said that everyone, at some point in their life, has wondered if they are alone. They question their ability to stand up for what they believe in and if their weaknesses will cause their downfall. There is a simple and comforting way, however, that the downfall can be avoided. Reading is a relaxing pastime that many people today do not acknowledge. On the other hand, once recognized, reading can bring comfort to an audience and bring a new awareness of morals and strength of self. Although not recognized, power can be given to a reader through comfort and a moral foundation. One privilege that is being neglected and reviled is reading. If a student in high school were to be asked whether they would be interested in reading a novel such as To Kill a Mockingbird, it is guaranteed that the majority would refuse. Anna Quindlen remarked that “Reading for pleasure was replaced by reading for purpose” (Quindlen, 426), and those words ring true throughout nearly every school one could visit. Students have been neglecting reading because of a fear they have associated with it. There is a fear of being tested on information that they were not able to recognize or remember. This anxiety has caused students to detest reading, and although there are the few exceptions, this is the majority. The privilege is being swept away by the tides of anxiety, and students do not want to read as much as they used to. Nobody denies that literature gives a reader comfort in many ways. Two…

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