To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Inappropriate Content within Books To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Assignment ENG 1D1 03 Alex Gardner December 2010 Mr. Przemieniecki Inappropriate content within books There are many different books that are studied in schools, but one should be removed from shelves. Students should not be reading about certain subject matters until they are fully invested into that specific subject. Certain inappropriate topics are racism and dated subject matter. The book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, should be removed from school shelves because of its dated subject matter, difficult plot and offensive terms. To Kill a Mockingbird displays very dated subject matter which is one of the many reasons that it should be removed from…show more content…
Atticus, Jem and Scout’s father, is one person within the story that doesn’t judge people based on their skin colour, “I’m simply defending a Negro- his name’s Tom Robinson.” (Lee 80) Students should not have to read about someone defending himself for doing the right thing, but simply encouraged to do the right thing no matter what the situation is. Part of the book that is morally inappropriate is when Calpurnia takes Scout and Jem to the black church. “I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillum to nigger church.” (Lee 121) This is what one woman had to say when she saw Cal arrive at church with Jem and Scout. A third example of an inappropriate moment in the story is when Jem gets in a fight because his father is defending black people. Jem then convinces Scout to ask Atticus, “Do you defend niggers, Atticus?” (Lee 79) This part in the story was very upsetting because the other kids at school have no reason to make such a big deal about what Jem’s father does and it is truly none of their business. There are many aspects of To Kill a Mockingbird that are inappropriate for a school environment and offensive terms are just one of them. Its dated subject matter, difficult plot and offensive terms are just three reasons why To Kill a Mockingbird should be removed from school shelves. The negative influence that it has on our youth is overwhelming any positive results. Books that are proven of having

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