School Books

 The Classics

Has anyone noticed that it seems to be physically impossible for teachers to not assign depressing books for class????????

I mean I’ve read:

8th Grade
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Romeo and Juliet by… if you don’t know who I will pray for you (Not that I pray or anything but you know what I mean)

9th Grade
Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
Night by Elie Wiesel
In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Antigone by Sophocles

10th Grade
Macbeth by… diddo for Romeo and Juliet
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
In The Blood (a play BASED on The Scarlet Letter) by Suzan Lori Parks

11th Grade
The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman

12th Grade
The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? by Edward Albee


None of these books had any happiness in them whatsoever and I’m not even talking about the endings (though their were not happy endings either). Not one of these books had anything uplifting to their name. It’s all death, destruction, rape and unhappiness.

Now I’m not saying that they weren’t good books, though some of them were VERY boring, they were all in-depth, emotional, and thought-provoking ( 🙂 big words)

But this just goes to show that all “good” books are depressing and that books that are happy or that have relatively happy endings are not study worthy.

Now THAT is depressing.

Who wants to leave class more depressed then when they went in??? I don’t!!!

People should start writing happy books really well so that we can study them in class. Then teachers wouldn’t complain about long faces in class (well we’ll probably still have long faces cause we’re in school, but at least the books we’re reading won’t make us even MORE long faced :))


05/10/2011. Uncategorized.


  1. aliceworks replied:

    Hey Grey,

    I think we read Macbeth, not Romeo and Juliet.

    • graycw replied:

      We read both 🙂 I think. Maybe I read Romeo and Juliet in middle school

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