I need a book suggestion that is an easy read that has a strong male character that goes against what society feels is right and is before his time.I need to write a compare and contrast 12 page sa...

I need a book suggestion that is an easy read that has a strong male character that goes against what society feels is right and is before his time.

I need to write a compare and contrast 12 page sa I have read Fountain Head Ayn Rand, Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnecut and Antheim by Ayn Rand.  I need to read one more book and need suggestions on a good read.  I loved Antheim, and fountain head was too long.  I am looking for suggestion of a book that would be easy to compare to these other three books.  Thank you for your help.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Ender's Game might work well for your stated purpose. It, too, involves a main character who struggles to find his way in an environment that seems to thwart him at every turn. The character is asked to do extraordinary things but struggles with the lack of resources and support that he might need to be successful.

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Perhaps The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck,in his desire to help his friend Jim, purposefully breaks the law and goes against society to help Jim escape slavery. Although confused by his own action, Huck is certainly ahead of his time and even states his willingness to "go to Hell" to help his friend.

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What about Catcher in the Rye? Certainly presents a very vocal male character that struggles to find his way in society and encounters the "phoniness" of what he sees in his time. In a similar vein, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn might be a good choice worth pondering.

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How about Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian?  The novel's narrator is a teen boy named Arnold (Junior) Spirit.  He gets fed up with the poor quality of education that is offered on the Spokane Indian Reservation so he leaves to attend a predominantly white school in Reardon--he is the only Indian from his reservation to have made a move like this.  Junior must tackle issues of racism at his new school, and he must also defend his choices to his friends and family on the reservation.

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Hmmm... An easy read that has a strong male character that goes against what society feels is right and is before his time?

How about To Sir, With Love, by E.R. Braithwaite?

This is the story of a young black WWII veteran who should be able to get a good job as an electrical engineer, but must settle--because of racism--for a position as a teacher in a London slum school.

The hero is most definitely a strong male character who overcomes the obstacles that society sets before him.  "Society" feels that he should sweep floors or wait on tables, but he goes against that.  His ideas about education sound more like something from the 1960's or '70's than from the late 1940's. 

 

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