Reading is the universal equalizer. Suppose you are learning to read and are exposed to many different works of literature.
In this case, you can do and become anything you want to be, regardless of your socio-economic background or any other possible obstacle, real or imagined. Unfortunately, not only do we have an epidemic of illiteracy in this country, but we also have an erosion of the appreciation for classical work.
Recently, one of America’s greatest literary geniuses – a man more than one great writer has called America’s greatest author – had his works slapped down by publishers.
This decision by a major publishing house is sold to the public to allow readers to make informed decisions about what they decide to read and to prepare them for the feelings the literature might evoke. But the truth is, when you strip that down to the bare essentials, it only ruins the point of good books.
“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from place to place.”
~Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises.🎨Paul Fische. pic.twitter.com/RKRDAUm1a8
—JF (@JF3336) June 23, 2023
Give them irony, give them pity
Penguin Random House reissued Ernest Hemingway The sun also rises in its original form with the following disclaimer:
“The publisher’s decision to present it as originally published does not constitute an endorsement of the cultural depictions or language contained therein.”
The new Penguin Random House reissue of the Sun Also Rises includes a trigger warning
“The publisher’s decision to present it as originally published does not constitute an endorsement of the cultural depictions or language contained therein.”https://t.co/EaUKdtsJ2z
—Wesley Yang (@wesyang) June 27, 2023
If you haven’t yet enjoyed reading what is widely regarded as one of Hemingway’s finest works, this novel follows the exploits of a group of expats in Spain attending a bullfighting party. Intermixed is a tragic love story, an exploration of the sexual revolution of the 1920s, reflections on the wounds inflicted by World War I, and plenty of commentary on what it means to be masculine.
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Penguin Random House affixed a similar disclaimer to Hemingway’s short story collection men without women. This is not the first time that Papa Hemingway has been in the crosshairs of the wokesters.
Last year, the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland issued a content warning on The old Man and the Sea. One of my favorites, this book tells the struggle of an old fisherman, Santiago, who catches a huge marlin.
Due to the size of the fish, it has to hold its fishing line for days with pain and physical strain. Throughout this man against nature, Santiago begins to feel compassion for the marlin, eventually killing it – only to fight and kill the sharks trying to eat the most prized catch.
The irony is that the university that flagged the book for its violent and disturbing content against…fish…is in a place known for…fishing.
Something bad this way comes
Content warnings, disclaimers, and trigger warnings on classic works of literature are widespread and part of the destruction of our society. The same university that reported The old Man and the Sea banging mary shelley Frankenstein and Shakespeare Hamlet And Romeo and Juliet with similar content descriptions.
Earlier this year, the University of Greenwich warned students than Jane Austen Northanger Abbey contains depictions of “sexism” and “toxic relationships and friendships”. Although I find Ms. Austen’s work incredibly boring, the irony of this action does not escape me.
Northanger Abbey tells of a woman’s introduction to the insane gender roles of the 19th century – sexism and toxic relationships were the point of the story. University of Aberdeen published trigger warnings on JM Barrie’s Peter Panletting students know that they might come up with “strange perspectives on gender” that they might find “emotionally challenging.”
This same university has issued the warnings below for treasure island And The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:
“The texts in this course include material you might find distressing on issues such as racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, colonialism, slavery, violence.”
But my favorite was the Aberdeen warning slap on Beowulf:
“Texts studied in this course contain depictions of violence, coercion, cruelty to animals or death of animals, incest, suicide, explicit sexual content… ableism.”
With this last addition: “there will also be monsters”.
And finally, there is Queen’s University of Belfast which published this warning for The Great Bard’s macbeth:
“You are advised that this piece may be offensive as it references and/or discusses bloodshed issues and depictions.”
But why should we care what a bunch of hoity-toity colleges are doing to classics? Because of who is actually in charge in these higher education institutions.
Hey Allison, Shakespeare already included an intro trigger warning. pic.twitter.com/wPFuPbvvRw
—Richard K (@RKemb) August 25, 2021
Man is the only real enemy
Students themselves are pushing universities to issue trigger warnings for books and courses. Encouraged by woke administrators and empowered by Marxist professors, woke and prominent students are driving this tendency to ruin classic works of fiction.
A group of students petitioned Rutgers University of New Jersey is to issue a trigger warning for one of my favorite books of all time, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Gatsby the magnificent, due to the “variety of scenes referencing bloody, abusive and misogynistic violence”. You can sit and think that the actions of these poorly dressed and unsanitary students don’t affect you – you would be wrong.
Problem Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Book: The Great Gatsby
Reason: queerbaiting with nick garraway/jay gatsby, racism, manslaughter with vehicle without trigger warning https://t.co/CW9Z2YkflZ
— caty (@lixobyroniano) August 19, 2022
These same wokesters have graduated from these prestigious universities and have spread their waking disease to the industries in which they find employment, such as publishing houses, the classrooms in which they teach, medicine, politics, government and science. I hate to break it to you, but these future leaders do not content themselves with dumbing down and ruining great works of literature. They are on a quest to remake our nation and our culture into something we will no longer recognize.
They will inadvertently destroy our country in their quest to make everything cuddly and comfortable for their delicate sensibilities.
The arguments students, administrators, and publishers make for issuing trigger warnings about Hemingway, Shakespeare, Austen, and Fitzgerald are that they don’t want to inadvertently revive someone who has gone through past trauma. They don’t want others to feel distressed while reading and learning.
Sounds nice enough, except it’s counter-intuitive and destroys the interest of reading provocative literature. If you warn that you will experience harsh viewpoints, alarming language, and depictions of our lower parts of human nature, then you destroy the visceral reaction that is meant to be felt when reading these works.
As biographer, Mary Dearborn said slapped warnings The old Man and the Sea:
“The world is a violent place and it is counterproductive to pretend otherwise. Much of the violence in history is rooted in the natural world. It’s the law of nature. »
Real life and the real world are filled with discomfort, sadness, violence and death. You can’t have the good times, the joy, the hope and the miracle of life without the other side of these coins.
If you can’t handle fiction that delves into these concepts, then you can’t handle life. There are no trigger warnings when a loved one becomes terminally ill, no trigger warnings when a child dies, no trigger warnings before a war begins, and no trigger warnings when life is not going well. in your direction.
Trigger warnings and safe spaces in universities are just ways to promote perpetual infantilism among attendees
A kind of play school for teenagers
If you can’t try to grow taller when you’re 18 and not home for the first time, you probably never will. pic.twitter.com/pdcKpFvlNp
— Latimer Alder (@latimeralder) March 10, 2023
You are supposed to feel something while reading these books; you are meant to be pulled out of your comfort zone and forced to learn about yourself and the world around you.
I leave you with this line of The old Man and the Sea:
“But man is not made for defeat… A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
Unless we allow it.
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