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Book Censorship

  1. 1. Fahrenheit 451<br /> by Ray Bradbury<br />Censorship<br />
  2. 2. Book Banning<br /><ul><li>A banning is the actual removal of materials from school curriculum library, community or even nation--thereby restricting the access of others. </li></li></ul><li>Book Challenging<br />A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.<br />
  3. 3. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”<br />The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights<br />
  4. 4. Who Challenges Books?<br />Throughout history, many people for a variety of reasons, attempted—and continue to attempt—to suppress literature and other forms of expression that conflict with their own beliefs. <br />
  5. 5. Book Burning<br />
  6. 6. Book Burning<br />Harry Potter Book Burning in New Mexico <br />Nazi Book Burning<br />
  7. 7. The Mechanical Hound in F451<br />Symbolizes oppression from the totalitarian state– similar to Hitler– able to track down anyone with books.<br />
  8. 8. Important Statements<br /><ul><li>“The ultimate expression of free speech lies not in the ideas with which we agree, but in those ideas that offend and irritate us.” - Chuck Stone
  9. 9. “The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”- Oscar Wilde
  10. 10. “Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.” - Lyndon B. Johnson
  11. 11. “Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest form of cowardice.” - Holbrook Jackson</li></li></ul><li>“I don’t like books, don’t read books, and don’t care if books are challenged. So who cares?”<br />Answer: If first books are challenged and successfully banned, it won’t be long before the government controls all music, ideas, and other forms of media produced. <br />People’s opinions or ideas will no longer matter.<br />Our democracy will end.<br />We will no longer be able to think or act for ourselves.<br />Who Cares?<br />
  12. 12. In a moment, you will have the opportunity to decide why you believe the following fairly recent books have been challenged or even banned.<br />Do not say anything to the class until after the activity, even if you have read the following books.<br />Activity <br />
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  24. 24. R. Promotes wizardry, the occult, and witchcraft <br />
  25. 25. L. language, racial themes<br />
  26. 26. Q. nudity (bare breast)<br />
  27. 27. P. obscene words<br />
  28. 28. M. offensive to Native Americans <br />
  29. 29. D. sexually explicit, occult themes, violence, suicide<br />
  30. 30. S. violence, language, disobedience to adults<br />
  31. 31. K. Unfair portrayal of those in logging industry <br />
  32. 32. T. too critical of the U.S.S.R. and of communist leaders <br />
  33. 33. O. Drugs<br />
  34. 34. H. Satanic <br />In 2001, The Lord of the Rings was burned in New Mexico because some churches considered it “satanic”.<br />
  35. 35. G. sexually offensive; too depressing<br />
  36. 36. J. Profanity; smoking and drinking; anti-religious <br />
  37. 37. B. undermines parental, school, and religious authority; sexual references <br />
  38. 38. A. Animals acting on the same level as humans<br />Banned in China in 1931. <br />Governor of Hunan Province said that "animals should not use human language" and that it was "disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level."<br />
  39. 39. E. sexuality; religious conflict<br />
  40. 40. N. Unsuited to age group; encourages children to disobey authority <br />
  41. 41. I. Excessive violence <br />
  42. 42. C. misuse of alcohol <br />In 1989 some California schools banned Grimm’s Fairy Tales because Little Red Riding Hood’s basket for her grandmother contained red wine. <br />
  43. 43. F. Challenges religious beliefs; references to witches and crystal balls<br />
  44. 44. U. Multiple uses of the “n” word.<br />In 2011, a publishing company replaced the 219 uses of the “n” word with the word “slave.”<br />
  45. 45. V. obscene language, sexuality, and interaction with a prostitute <br />Top 10 Banned Books of 2010 on next slide<br />
  46. 46. 1. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series) by Lauren Myracle<br />Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs<br />2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson<br />Reasons: Homosexuality<br />3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky<br />Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide<br />4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee<br />Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group<br />Top 10 Challenged Books of 2010<br />
  47. 47. 5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer<br />Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group<br />6. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger<br />Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group<br />7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult<br />Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence<br />Top 10 Challenged Books of 2010<br />
  48. 48. 8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler<br />Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group<br />9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker<br />Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group<br />10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier<br />Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group<br />Top 10 Challenged Books of 2010<br />

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