>Banned Book Week: Go ahead and read one; I dare you!
September 29, 2009 § Leave a comment
>In honor of Banned Book Week, September 26 – October 3, 2009, the school librarian and I are planning a series of activities for the students.
Check out this amazing interactive map of Book Bans and Challenges from 2007-2009.
Here is a partial list of the books I’m teaching this year that have appeared on Challenged and Banned Book Lists and some of the reasons why they’ve been censored.
Perhaps the most ironic banned book situation, Fahrenheit 451 deals with the issue of censorship in a dystopian society that sends firefighters out to burn down houses discovered to have books inside. Those opposed to this book claim various reasons for banning it including profanity, portrayal of smoking and drinking, and anti-religious and anti-establishment sentiments.
Lord of the Flies:
Most who oppose this book claim the violence, language, and the implication that man is little more than an animal as the reasons. The book depicts a microcosm of society played out on an island populated by young boys stranded there and trying to survive. The struggle between good and evil and the exploration of human nature can force readers to examine themselves in ways that may not feel comfortable.
Brave New World:
Depicts adults dulling their senses with pacifying drugs and casual sex. What Huxley uses as a tool to illustrate what he felt was wrong with society is exactly what those opposed to the book latch on to when challenging it.
On the Road:
Indecent and obscene
Go Tell it on The Mountain:
The book has recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women. “Rife with profanity and explicit sex.”
Member of the Wedding:
Inappropriate for younger students
The book has been banned in the past due to pro-communist sentiment and sexuality.
Political corruption, anti-war sentiments, and the injustices of colonization. Wicked and obscene.
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl:
Parents have protested against this book as being too sexually charged, pornographic, and even claiming it was too depressing to be taught.
Profanity and images of violence and sexuality in the book and requested that it be removed from the reading list.
The Handmaid’s Tale:
Anti-Christian and pornographic.
The Christian doctrine contained in the book and reference to Mohammed being in hell.
Challenged for vulgar language, sexual explicitness, or violent imagery that is gratuitously employed.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian:
Offensive language and discussion of masturbation