Another reason that To Kill a Mockingbird is banned is for its references to rape. In today's society, if you turn on your television, you will see stories about rape and murder and other unnatural and disturbing behaviors. In this novel, the author did not write a porn scene or any sort of inappropriate scenes that are unsuitable for the teenage readers, but she merely references to rape, which seems to be such a major concern for people who are most likely lonely with too much time on their hands. Considering that To Kill a Mockingbird is quite a long novel and is a higher reading level, you should be able to determine whether you are mature enough to read the novel. Whether you are capable of maintaining yourself while reading about the history of race, references to rape, and profane language that we hear just about every day, depends on you.
Montag has a personal revolution; he realizes the dangers of restricting information and intellectual thought. Ironically, Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most banned books in American schools. The book was seen as evil for ideas like opposing the suppression of freedom by parties that presumed they had all the answers. Books such as Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Brave New World, The Giver, and The Hunger Games have been banned in schools, and they all explore the themes of suppressing freedom, information, and intellectual thinking. Prohibiting these books will only lead less thought; it will lead to the ultimate demise of society.
Beatty, a manipulative fire captain, seized an opportunity for power and did whatever he could to retain possession. In the book, Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury, there was evidence that Beatty was persuading and terrorizing his fellow firemen and society because of the power in his hands. Although, he was educated by reading books, Beatty was not justified for hiding the truth about censorship because he kept society from thinking. He used his power for evil rather than good and sent fear throughout society. He is just as guilty as Montag because he read books as well and hid information that was very valid to the knowledge of the people of the society.
To say that what happened to him was wrong is not the same as saying that what he did was right. It was absolutely necessary for a threat to the public like him to be neutralised, but Burgess suggests that the way in which he was dealt with was not completely correct. Cinematic adaptations by Stanley Kubrick and differences between the books and films Both the books, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and Vladimir Nabokov’s were adapted into films by one of the most influential and critically acclaimed directors of Hollywood, Stanley Kubrick. The two films were heavily censored due to the fact that the type of violence and sexuality presented in books if translated into the films would cause major uproar among the public and critics. Causes of the dissimilarities What is appropriate and
The same goes for young readers who are confident and may be “put off by books that fit their ability” rather than their age (130). It is important to respect and appreciate the “tastes and needs of children instead of applying guidelines” (130). There are also “explicit and implicit” social problems that are associated with age banding (135). These social problems include giving adults the power to control what their kids read, “preventing readers” from trying to read above their age, and not allowing children to stay updated on current
In this book, the N word shows up over two hundred times (Here's Why Banning 'Huck Finn' Over The N-Word Sends The Wrong Message). Since this book contains many racial slurs and violence, people want it banned or censored. Although, Huckleberry Finn should remain how it is because altering it changes the impact of the book, people will still be exposed to these slurs, and it is an opportunity to teach readers. The censored version of Huck Finn replaces the ‘N-word’ with the word ‘slave’. This would be an inaccurate representation because they have a
He argues that the British’s support for social control, meant renouncing the individual alone, and given his propensity towards anarchy, he disapproved of their socialist nature. He denounced the cultural homogeneity of American society, their heedlessness and indifference, and the crooked, nefarious nature of law enforcement. Deemed as his most famous novel, A Clockwork Orange has been regarded considerably influential in areas of literary, visual, and music culture. However, prior to its release there was hesitation on publishing the novel due to worries of being an ‘enormous flop’ (Independent, 2012). It was prompted that, although illustrating a well-kept storyline and pleasant detail, the language would be too challenging to comprehend.
Critics and conservatives often argue that publication and distribution of obscene articles (books or movies) are the leading cause of sex crimes like rape and molestation and justifies ban anything that may appeal to prurient interest. most psychologists testify to the harmlessness of obscene publications, and the early fixation of sexual patterns of conduct. Thus the only other reason to ban wide dissemination of obscene material is that is leads to lowering of moral standards of society. Determination of obscene content in any article is very subjective save, hardcore pornography and judging obscenity on the anvil of public morality which itself is very subjective. With no set standards as to what may constitute obscene punishment under section 292 IPC may be deemed to be retrospective as it is dependent on the censorship of the
Mark twain demolished coopers romanticism in his novels. Cooper’s tone was also criticized as being reactionary, romantic and pedagogical in tone. Sydney Krause States that all of the harsh criticism and the bad talk about Cooper is not the words of a person with good judgment. She is not saying that Mark is wrong, but that he is over stressing the criticism and even though she does agree with him in some ways Cooper is still an amazing writer (“James”). John McWilliams also believes that Mark twain‘s attack on Cooper is not justified.
He portrays his ego when referring to the readers of the Harry Potter series, assuming that the readers “simply will not read superior fare, such as Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’ or the ‘Alice’ books of Lewis Carroll” and seemingly belittling anyone that would read a Harry Potter novel as not understanding great literature. As a result, any reader of Bloom’s review could easily feel offended and not want to continue reading the review. This use of an ad hominem attack harms the quality of the writing as it offends the reader and does not give any support of an argument, but instead is only intended to offend readers of Harry
The First Amendment states many of the freedoms a US citizen posses, banning/censorship of books however has violated this idea of freedom. Some authors dislike the idea of censorship of books, such as Ellen Hopkins. Hopkins is a successful writer who wrote a bestselling book called, Crank. She also wrote the poem Manifesto which was adopted as the official manifesto of the American Library Association banned books week back in 2009. Crank was a book that was banned and censored, which Hopkins disliked.
Zinn asks this question in APeople’s History of the United States.He questions whether or not it was necessary for the explorers of the New World to cause so much destruction. Through his writing, he seems skeptical of these “sacrifices”. In APatriot’s History of the United States,however, this question never arises, it never even appears to cross the author 's mind, their main focus is on who is to blame for the bloodshed and horror. The one thing that both authors (and many others) agree on is that the road that began with Columbus and continues now in the development of this New World is a messy one. It is a road filled with blood, oppression and
Censorship of literature has always been a powerful means of manipulating society by limiting what the people are exposed to. This has been used as a way to suppress free thinking and new ideas, that could cause a shift in power in the society. The censorship of literature has been used by the powerful members of society forever, because of this societies fear the idea of their governments hiding information from the public. In Americus, a small town in Oklahoma is divided over a new teenager book series that some feel the series should be banned from the library. In contrast in Fahrenheit 451, a curious fireman indulges in a banded book, which enlightens him to a new outlook on life.
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first introduced to the public in 1884 by Mark Twain. After going through hell trying to write the book, and its rocky release and low sales showed how controversial the book was even in his time. I believe Huck Finn should not be taught in public schools because the language used is offensive, is hard for for students to understand , and the book has been controversial since its beginning. Para 1 A High school in Philadelphia banned the book Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum due to its use of the N-word making students uncomfortable, and “the community costs of reading this book in 11th grade outweigh the literary benefits”. The N- word is used over 200 times in the book by the author Mark Twain;
But that doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to change a big part of the novel. Taking out the “n-word” would not only be taking out some of the history but also some meaning and significance of the novel. Many readers see To Kill a Mockingbird as a racist book because it shows the whole truth about that time period. The “n-word” was just part of everyone’s vocabulary back then it was used many times even in the same few sentences like when Atticus’ daughter Scout asks: “Do you defend niggers, Atticus?” (pg 77). But no one really tries to look at the situation from any other perspective.