Analysis of Evaluation of I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read

Education has been a widespread debate for years. It invloves various items to be tested, competed, and accomplished. Nevertheless, reading, an essential task for us to complete, is discussed and evaluated by a famous American writer, Francine Prose, who published a lot of her works about society and humanity.

In this evaluation, the author pointed out that many schools were proposing for reading lists that circumscribed what students should read to enhance their study skills. However, the establishment of reading lists could be destructive for someone who enjoyed reading something different from schools’ popular views. The destructiveness could be defined as these students’ frustration and unsatisfaction about the restriction of reading. By using simile to compare caged birds with students, Prose asserted that schools’ making read lists was notorious and should be eliminated in order to develop students’ individual personalities. Furthermore, the author used various writers’ books to exemplify the differences in contents that bestow students with dinstinct points of view. For instance, Kafka’s works contained some kinds of irony toward that present social situation that strongly recalled readers’ sympathy, while To Kill A Mocking Bird, a book written by Harper Lee, could be regarded as the amalgam of family affection and, of course, the presence of inequality at that time. The author was carful to analyze even a sentence from these books to subjectively present her idea about these values imparted from them. The application of qualitative evaluation was quite efficient that she successfully indicated that students ought to be allowed to read their favorite books, not compulsory one.

To better interpret her argument, Prose gave out her own childhood experience. Being compelled to read books from the reading lists, she disagreed with her teachers’ view that children’s reading should be rigorously evaluated, even though the books were interesting for her. Rather, the author proposed that people should not just read some books in only one way. Instead, they might look for some information or emotion that were demonstrated by certain kinds of books. Although they were rarely sold, these books could be more valuable for people who sought to learn about some specific things that were actually not found in those famous books. As a result, Prose came to conclude that reading lists were too subjective and should be neglected for people who had different favors or desires for learning.


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