To Kill A Mockingbird Should Be Banned Essay

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Many books have been placed on the banned book list, they have been placed on the list because concerned people fear that certain books have and leave an effect on the reader. America’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, has been placed on the banned book list ever since it was first published. To Kill A Mockingbird should absolutely remain on the banned book list because it shows racism throughout the entire book and teaches the reader that being prejudice is alright. As you read the novel To Kill A Mockingbird you notice that it is very racist. Throughout the novel you notice that it repeatedly uses the “n” word. Not only is the “n” word used it is used constantly making a total of 48 times in only 281 pages. This greatly …show more content…

Atticus tells his children “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s world against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (251-52). This quote alone shows great prejudice because it judges someone because of the color of their skin instead of their innocence which they should be judged off of. When you first begin reading the novel you notice that everyone you meet has a reputation by their last or first name. As you meet the new people as you progress in the book you realize that no matter who a person is they are judged by their name. Scout states in the novel “ He’s a Cunningham.. the Cunninghams never took anything they can't take back” (22). This shows that they are defined by their name which could be a good or bad thing. Those on the opposing side argue that To Kill A Mockingbird should not remain on the banned book list because it has very important standards of life that are taught within the book. Although this is true they fail to realize that these standards are taught in daily life and within these standards that are expressed in the novel it is taught in a very negative way using racism and prejudice ways surrounding these life lessons.They’re are many ways of teaching these lessons that are so important in life and mixing them with negative teachings is not the best way to teach the

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