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.
Why is To Kill a Mockingbird banned? Many people have come to realize that the award winning To Kill a Mockingbird was banned and challenged countless times. Although there are several offensive scenes in the book, very many people are outraged that their child cannot read this award winning novel. The question is, why is this novel banned? By examining the profanity, racial content, and references to rape, it’s deemed inappropriate for teens to read and is banned from several school libraries and lessons in school.
Book Banning According to the American Library Association (ALA), the request for removal of books are usually due to the contents and its age appropriateness for the students. “When I was in 6th grade, I decided to read Catcher in the Rye. My parents were fine with that, but my school sent me home for the day. This experience gave me an even greater appreciation of the power of the written word” (Reading Banned Books...). The reasoning behind why banned books today may seem good today but tomorrow this definition may change and parents and teachers will come to a situation where the beliefs and feelings towards a book will clash.
The book was and is mainly objected to being banned by parents who did not want their 14-16 year old child to read such foul language. On the contrary, many teachers find that the book’s profanity is not an issue for parents or students to distress over. Joseph Millchap, a high school English teacher, has taught Of Mice and Men for the past five years. He believes once the book is understood and explained, that the profanity is not a problem by saying, “there’s a lot that might make parents worried for their child, but once they see the purpose—that we’re not throwing something at their kids for shock value, then it becomes a safe environment to discuss issues that the students are going to have to deal with in life” (Millchap 2). He later goes on to express his firm belief that this book provides study for many types of literary techniques such as sentence structure, further proving the point that profanity is not something for parents and students alike to stress over.
Sherwood Middle School students are not allowed to chew gum in school. The district decided that gum should not be allowed in school. They think that gum will cause a sticky mess and popping will cause a distraction. There are both pros and cons to the no chewing gum in school rule. Gum helps some people , but some people use it irresponsibly.
Be that as it may, there are multiple reasons why books should be taught and included in a curriculum. If you want a book not to be read by an adolescent, banning the book will often have an opposite effect. Although it contains sensitive topics and harsh language, The Secret Life of Bees should not be banned in high schools because
At a library or in a classroom do not give a 8 year old a high school book. That would stop adults from banning books because their child is reading an inappropriate book. Speaking of books are mainly banned or the topic is brought up from a parent, teacher, or librarian. The reader needs to fin for themselves if it does not bother them why does the adult get involved. Notice another reasonable quote, “There aren’t “boy” books or “girl” books.
Both Beatty and Martin Bormann had been brainwashed into believing or disbelieving in a particular topic. Beatty and the rest of society had been grown up only remember that books were bad and owning them would be a disgrace. However, there were some citizens in their society who disobey these rules which resulted in them getting ‘fixed’. After visiting Montag, Beatty had explained to him that they have lowered the kindergarten age year so they can catch just about every child and teach them at a young age. Lowering the kindergarten age, shows the different ways that the government tries to keep everyone from books keeping them from thinking for themselves.
For instance, one reader who is age 6 or 7 may read at the level of a 9 or 10 year old, it all depends on the child. Age banding therefore creates a “betrayal of trust between the reader and the author” (130). Age banding can also “disregard the creativity of authors” (130). The age bans are “harmful to children’s enjoyment of reading,” as children may not appreciate or pick up a book that is targeted for a younger age group than their own. 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).
Religious leaders and parents across the nation and other countries will not allow their children to read or watch this series, in fear that it will put souls and morals at risk and erode mortality. Others feel that it promotes magic and deception, resulting in book burnings and book bans in schools. When this was argued in a school board meeting, many said that students shouldn’t be allowed to read these books, but it was also argued that the series promotes vocabulary and science development, and sparks interest and imagination, which results in kids wanting to read. The New York Times says that that’s why Harry Potter sold so well: because it was imaginative. For many, it was a chance to escape the world and read about a young boy, who fought evil and made friends and so on and so forth.