Theme Of Censorship In The Great Gatsby

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“Originality is dangerous. It challenges, questions, overturns assumptions, unsettles moral codes” (Rushdie). Censorship is a heavily debated and controversial topic that has been the center of attention for hundreds of years. Novels, textbooks, magazines, and newspapers are so frequently challenged that there have been plenty of coalitions and groups started advocating for and against book censorship. Even now, there are many groups and parents that attempt to remove certain literary materials. Censorship, challenges, and bans are all on the category of restricted literature. Although all three of these words loosely mean to suppress unacceptable parts, what sets these words apart are the details (Gove). A formal challenge is the attempt…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald is another example of an fundamental banned book. The major case of challenge was from the Baptist College in Charleston, South Carolina (Lombardi). Deemed inappropriate for its mere sexual references and its fleeting moments of bad language, this book has had many cases of being challenged, banned, and removed. As the most popularly banned book, The Great Gatsby teaches priceless lessons: a few of them including the harm of excess material goods in society, the shared skewed visions of the American Dream, and the emptiness of wealth among members of society (Fitzgerald). While this novel is commonly taught amongst schools across the world, The Great Gatsby is often unsuccessfully…show more content…
Many parents are against their kids reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, because it speaks about a young Angelou and her experiences with rape and racial discrimination. If a book contains racial slurs, like this one does, it is frowned upon by many parents of the community (Leigh). Another reason arguing for book banning are those who have strong religious views or believe that gay rights are wrong generally. These people have a problem with books that encourage the acceptance of homosexuality. But most commonly, books dealing with graphic sexual content are banned from the eyes of children, regardless of religious affiliation. These parents wish to protect the innocence of their young children by making the material unavailable to their children and their peers (Information Commons). Ernest Hemingway 's work of Farewell to Arms was banned by a variety of people: school officials, parents, even Adolf Hitler. To Hitler, this books speaks about World War 1, and threatened the Nazi ideology (Leigh). To the school officials, this book was too sexually profane to be available in their high schools. For every reason to not ban a book, there pops up with one in favor of it. Both sides offer their merits and values concerning book
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