Why Not to Ban Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been challenged/banned countless times since it’s original publication in 1960. The reasoning people could have behind banning it is that they feel that the racism, language and subject matter in the book is offensive, inappropriate, immoral and that it encourages and condones such things. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, a small town in Alabama, during the depression from 1935-1937, and is told from the perspective of a little girl named Scout. In the book Scout’s father Atticus teaches her and her brother Jem many valuable lessons. The things Atticus teaches Scout and Jem are things we all need to know. To Kill a Mockingbird is an inspirational book that teaches valuable moral values, and should not be banned. It can be argued that To Kill a Mockingbird should be banned because of the foul language used in the book; for example damn, hell, whore-lady, goddamn whore and nigger ( Lee 90, 94, 221). Some might argue that it encourages cursing and portrays it as an acceptable thing, but in truth it does the complete opposite. When Scout asks Atticus if he defends niggers, he discourages her from using words like nigger (Lee 85). Scout stops using the term nigger but starts using words like damn hell and whore-lady. She think if she talks way than Atticus will stop sending her to school, because that where she learned those words. Atticus knows what she’s trying to do, so he decides to ignore it thinking that when she realizes it’s not going to work she’ll stop. When Scout says to her uncle Jack things like “That’s a damn story.” and “Pass the damn ham, please.” he doesn’t just ignore her (Lee 90). He sits her down and tells her that he doesn’t like words like damn and hell, and tha... ... middle of paper ... ...s like with the mob that was after Tom Robinson. To Kill a Mockingbird is full of many truths that people need to know; Harper Lee has done an amazing job bring those truths to light through the eyes of a child. To Kill a Mockingbird does not need to be banned. people need to open their eyes to the truth, there is evil all around us. Harper Lee shows us that evil through the eyes of a little girl and teaches us how to respond to that evil. To kill a mockingbird is wrong because they don’t do us any harm, they just share their music with us. To ban To Kill a Mockingbird is wrong because it doesn’t harm anyone, it simply opens up our eyes to truths we need to know. Works Cited Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. 1960. New York. First Perennial Classics. 2002. Print Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird. Dir. Mary Murphy. First Run Features. 2011. Netflix
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