To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee in 1960 ,is one of the most controversial novels between society and school boards. School boards across the country question whether Lee’s novel should be taught in classrooms, or if it should be banned because of the vulgar language and inappropriate context throughout the book. To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around a white family who is living in the south, and the narrator 's dad is a lawyer. His latest case is to defend a black man in court who had allegedly raped a white woman. Throughout the book a lot of harsh language was used, along with ideas that may be considered inappropriate.
When discovered she covers her guilt and shame by accusing him of rape. In this era and in this community, Mayella’s accusation is seen as reasonable and unfortunately believable, which leaves Tom beaten before he enters the trial. However, Atticus expresses a powerful message in his closing argument to create a move for change in his society. The argument is expressed subliminally, by communicating that in the 1930’s society disregarded that all were equal, and categorised men and women based on the colour of their skin.
Paragraph 175 was a law criminalized homosexual acts between males written into the German Criminal Code between May 15, 1871, and March 10, 1994. The law was most notably acted upon during World War II, when men believed to be engaging in sodomy or loving another man were marked by an inverted pink triangle and placed in concentration camps. To seek out gay men, a unique section of the Gestapo (Secret State Police of the Nazis in Germany) was created. The Gestapo determined that men who touched or looked at another man would be arrested in line with Paragraph 175. The Nazis less commonly arrested lesbians, as it was believed that women who loved women could relearn their role as the caregiver and wife in society.
In fact, it incited numerous instances of censorship on the novel. In 2004, this novel topped the list of the most challenged literary works of the year, according to the American Library Association: "The book drew complaints from parents and others concerned about the book 's sexual content, offensive language, religious viewpoint and violence. (ALA 2005)" This was the first year after which J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was not in first place.
They have tried to change their stories by making them fit with the new generation and include more modern understanding. Parents should know that children are like sponges; they absorb everything from their surrounding, so parents should sit down with their children and watch these Disney television shows, and films and decide whether to let there children continue watching those things or stop them. From Mickey Mouse, to sleeping beauty, to cars (CASTILLO.2006.para1) they are all common Disney cartoons that can affect children by teaching them stereotypes, Racism and violence. Firstly, when talking about stereotypes people will think directly of girls who keep on watching Disney cartoons and films that mostly includes princesses. Theses princesses can give girls a wrong idea of how they should dress, behave and even how they act as girls.
There were language and adult jokes sprinkled every once in a while, but that helped to make the movie more real. The Guardian published an article called “My Favourite Film: The Goonies” which says “My favourite Goonies trivia is the story that relates the first time the child actors saw the full-scale pirate ship, which they were banned from seeing prior to shooting. Their all-too-real shouts of "holy s***!" were considered too obscene to include, but for me they sum up my feelings, aged seven or eight, when first watching the film.” While there were some smaller parts that didn’t add up realistically, the details made up for it. The kids swearing one or two times shows real-world experiences and connections.
In the story “ From The Black Ship…” ,by Rosemary Sutcliff, which is a myth, (line 6-7 page 313), it states “... one who had not been invited was suddenly in their midst.” This can teach us about leaving someone out. They can mostly teach teenagers this because this is mostly something teenagers do. In the story the goddess who is not invited, takes a golden apple and she leaves it on the table, this causes a lot of drama between the other three goddess that claim the apple is theirs.
To Kill a Mockingbird had its chance while it lasted. This novel was banned for several reasons, such as profanity. Another reason To Kill a Mockingbird is banned is for references to rape. Lastly, this novel is banned also for its racial content. Although there are only three reasons provided as to why this novel is banned, there are endless reasons people have challenged it.
Another example is when Mrs. Dubose was saying mean thing about negroes and Atticus. “ ‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!’” (Lee 135). Although there are more examples of racism, these are just some of them.
Although The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is regarded as one of the most classic American novels, some may say it is too inappropriate to be taught amongst high schoolers. Argument’s have been made that students have taken offense to the overuse of the racial slur against African-Americans. In the article “Parent Objects to ‘Finn’ Slur” by Meghan E. Moravcik, Dolores Fisher makes the case that the slur makes her son, who is the only African-American student in his class, uncomfortable. I’m sure that many parents agree with her position considering the slur brings negative thoughts and feelings towards African-American culture. If the language isn’t what sets people off, it is the harsh stereotypes used against Jim and slavery not being portrayed in a negative enough light.