On the other hand, some people argue that book censorship is a violation of their constitutional right to freedom of speech, and the right to self expression. One article puts its effects this way, “Permitting restraints on literature sets the stage for attacks on all expression that is artistically or politically controversial or that portray unpleasant realities of life.” This,
In the book Fahrenheit 451, books are strictly outlawed, and if someone is found owning a book, the house of the owner is to be burned down. This form of condemnation on the society is an extreme version of censorship. Censorship is defined as “the changing or the suppression or prohibition of speech or writing that is deemed subversive of the common good.” (Anastaplo) Recently, this concept has taken on a large role in many school systems across the country. School boards have been banning a number of books from their criteria in order to prevent offensive material from reaching their students. However, the good intentions of these teachers may be having the opposite effect that they were hoping for. In his book Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury demonstrates the adverse effects that censorship can have on a society. Censorship, when not used correctly, can retain a quantity of negative effects on high school students.
First, the author argues, “When engaging in critical literacy, readers question reality and entertain multiple perspectives about particular topics, attitudes, and behaviors” (Graff). Challenged and banned books are beneficial to readers. These banned books help students evaluate more difficult pieces of literature, which could be used in the future. Jennifer Graff states, “...Book censorship helps us think critically about the power of the written word as well as the relationships between individuals, texts, and contexts, to paraphrase Lawrence Sipe (1999)” (Graff). Banned and challenged books allow readers to see the truth--from the past, future, or present--written by the author. Readers can apply these ideas to real-life situations successfully. In the article, On Reading and Sharing Banned Books, the topic of “...heightened sensitivity about what and how we say things,” and needing, “ongoing conversations about how literature can be part of our lives without undue stress and controversy” is exposed (Graff). Books are written for many reasons, to inform persuade, entertain, and relax; however, with books censorship, finding relaxing or entertaining books is extremely difficult. Without censorship, readers could easily discuss these now controversial topics without worry. The purpose of the book, good moral, and potentially
Judy Blume once stated, “It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” In other words, numerous pieces of literature are in jeopardy of never reaching their prospective audience due to censorship. Moreover, censorship is critically analyzing and restraining information from the public. Judy Blume discusses how many authors feel restricted because they worry their work will be outlawed. Thus, I believe that Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451 should not be banned because the removal from school libraries is a violation of the First Amendment and the novel exposes the
Censorship is the prohibition of any parts of books, films, or more, that are politically unacceptable or a threat to security. Censorship is often to benefit someone. However, the objects that end up being censored, are often censored to further political values. Similarly, in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the dystopian society that Montag lives in censors everything, to protect their power, to the point where there is nothing of any importance or value shown to the people. However, The fireman can’t stop people from having conflicting theories and thought. There will always be different sides to everything, but conflicting ideas aren’t the only source of unhappiness in the story. there is approximately ten suicide calls a night, on a normal basis. There is no way to make everyone think the same thing,
Censorship is not having a say in any written material because the government does not approve of it. In the book "Fahrenheit 451" censorship is not a good thing because people didn’t have such freedoms like that of free speech. The author Ray Bradbury wrote the story to show how important censorship is so that is way there is so many problems throughout the story. In Bradbury's novel, he uses tone in several ways to illustrate damage censorship has on society through his use of charged words, his use of historical symbols and his reflection of historical positive role models.
Censorship has been adopted in many societies as well as the governments of our world. As the history of the world expands we see many countries try to censor what their citizens see. When the countries do this they are not assisting the country, they are leading it into a self-destruction. A good example of this would be America in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. This nation is destroyed in a futuristic war that only lasts a couple of minutes, if not seconds. Other fitting examples include the Nazi regime and the Soviet Union, both governments censoring their population in what they could read, write, and see. As we know both of these governments did not succeed and ultimately were obliterated and the countries were punished. Government censorship not only wounds the ability for people to grow and expand in their thought process, but it eventually causes the ultimate self-destruction of the nation.
Many highschool students can relate to Catcher in the Rye because they are the same age as the protagonist, Holden Caufeild, and may find themselves facing similar feelings and situations. Holden is a lanky sixteen-year-old boy. Half of his hair has already turned grey, causing him to often be mistaken as an adult. He often uses his misjudged age to drink at bars and flirt with much older women. Holden has just been kicked out of the third elite prep school he has attended. He is flunking all of his classes except for English and refuses to put up with the “phonies” that seem to be everywhere around him. Throughout the story Holden dons his bright red hunting hat, with ridiculous
The Catcher in the Rye has been an instant classic since it was first published. It has been on the New York Times Best Seller list along with being among the most banned books in the U.S. It has been banned for its harsh language and bad behavior. But truly these are not good reasons to ban a book; a book that is so enjoyed by many readers and the reality of the protagonist. It is never good to hear profound language but the book is just showing how the teenage world actually is in many cases. Most teenagers are going threw a lot at that time in their lives, not always to the extreme like Holdren, but hard times none the less. The language in the book is nothing teens are not
67% of Canadians say they have personally known at least one woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. Holden sees no issue in the fact that most guys don’t stop when asked to and as a young female, I would not want any man to think that not having consent is okay. This text also reveals to me that rape was maybe normalized and even compromised in the 1950s. Perhaps this is part of the many reasons this book was banned when it was published. In the 1950s the percentage of sexual assaults that went unreported was shocking, being raped was a personal shame for the victim because their reputation would shatter. In “The Catcher in the Rye” rape and consent are both topics that seem unfamiliar or swept under the rug.
Over the years, across the United States, thousands of books are being banned/challenged, especially in schools. Although some of the books are a requirement to be read in an English class, parents often question the negativity some of the books have. On the other hand, the books that are banned are from within the schools and libraries. Several of the books that are being removed are often the right ones with just a little inappropriate things. To read some of the books, you need to be mature about it. High school students are not always ready for a book that will have a couple of negativity in it, but it does tell a story that can always relate to someone.
Books have been banned for many, many years. In history books have been burned do to the content of the book. In Germany, Adolf Hitler would burn books that went against him and communist ideaology. The First Amendment is now used to protects these rights. The First amendment was established because United State citizens demanded a guarantee of their basic freedom. The First Amendment allows a writer to write what they want and for a reader to read what they want. Freedom of Speech is protected under this amendment which allows the writer and reader to do the things that were just listed. The First Amendment includes other things then Freedom of Speech. The First Amendment should be protected because it protects Americans right to their opinions and
Governments, modern or ancient, regularly enforces some form of censorship during their reign. Whether they have a goal of protecting their citizens or protecting their power, many of its people often do not realize the censorship subjected to them. In the dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag finally realizes the flaws of the “perfect utopia” that he lived in. Although the author, Bradbury, created the fictional world, its theme on censorship eerily resembles the world we live in today.
Whitfield’s extensive study of Catcher's banning history offers a variety of information on what grounds the book was banned upon and later defends the book. Catcher is easily one of the most frequently banned books in America, and has become a controversial topic due to receiving such flack. Whitfield even goes so far as to uncover that “Category 43 ('Trash') included The Catcher in the Rye," (Whitfield). He uses this to argue that the book was banned for silly or inadequate reasons, being placed in a demeaning literary category and banned. To further his point, Stephen claims that since the book was so openly disputed, most critiques revealed that they had never even read the book. Additionally, Stephen criticized another book of the time