Why Is Lord Of The Flies Banned

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To Ban or not to Ban: Lord of the Flies In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of young boys are marooned on an island and have to fend for themselves. Although it has never been officially banned in any school district, it is one of the most frequently challenged books of all time, due to its violence and implication that humans are animals without society. According to the ALA website, it is number 8 on the list of 100 most banned and challenged books of all time, showing how controversial it is among adults and parents (insert citation here). Attempts to ban the book are misguided and miss the point of the novel entirely. It should not be banned or challenged in any school district. Lord of the Flies had its fair share of hardships …show more content…

Piggy is a boy who is picked on as soon as he gets on the island. His weight makes him an easy target, and his lack of contribution to the group frustrates many of the boys. For the most part, he was protected by Ralph, the leader of the island. However, he becomes a casualty when Jack takes control of the island. After taking over, Jack and Ralph fight while Piggy stands off to the side, blind as a bat due to Jack stealing his glasses. In the middle of the altercation, a boulder is launched from a catapult-like contraption, hitting Piggy square in the face. Piggy’s “head opened up and stuff came out and turned red. Piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig’s after it had been killed” (Golding 181). This is the one quote where parents have some cause for concern, as the scene in which he dies is fairly graphic compared to others in the book. His dead body is described in some detail, and his killing is more purposeful and sadistic than the other acts of violence in the book, which are either for food or somewhat an accident. However, like Simon, Piggy’s death is more about what it symbolizes than the violence that actually caused it. Piggy is a symbol of wisdom, as he is mostly the voice of reason among the boys on the island. His death is the end of any notions of making a somewhat functional or intelligent society on the island. Also, his dead body being compared to …show more content…

It has been frequently challenged by parents that are concerned about its amount of violence and the inference that humans are nothing more than animals when left alone. It should not be banned because the presence of violence is meaningful and is necessary to the overall meaning of the book, which holds significant literary merit and should not be kept away from students who have a thirst for knowledge. Every human has both good and evil within them, and what type of person they are decides which

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