Essayist, Francine Prose, in her essay “I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read” expresses her distain of the fact that English classes are forcing students to read the same boring books every year as well as teacher’s not encouraging students to look into other novels. Prose’s purpose is to attempt to change the way people see English reading assignments by using more interesting books. She adopts an incredulous tone in order to properly emphasize the necessity of a change in English classes to her readers.
Prose continues her essay by emphasizing the fact that high school English classes are assigning reading lists that are unchallenging and uninteresting to students. On top of this, students are also not being taught as they should be. She