BY: JESSICA BEUKER
Every year there are challenges made against certain pieces of literature. People fight to have books removed from school curriculums, classrooms, libraries, and even bookstores.
The biggest reasons for challenges made against books are topics of sexuality, offensive language, and generally being unsuitable for the recommended age group. Other reasons include themes of racism, religion and homosexuality.
The biggest problem with banning books with controversial themes is that they can no longer serve as a learning tool. Whether we like it or not, these themes exist. They may go against your own personal belief system, but that doesn’t mean that they should disappear from our society completely.
Literature has the ability to inform, to change, and to spark discussion. Avoiding negative topics will not dispel them; if anything, it will only foster ignorance and halt healthy discussion. Banning a book won’t stop the story from seeping out; if anything, it only romanticizes the forbidden.
Here are some famous pieces of literature that have been banned and the reasons why.
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