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Raj Padalia 12/10/07 Period 2 Banning Books: Just a Ban on Reality? In today’s wide range of literature, it is inevitable that different readers will approach a book and disagree with what the author has to say. It is human nature to disagree with another person if he/she has different opinions or another perspective on something. Every individual has the right to their opinions, even authors. By banning books, the ban is put not only on the book and its text themselves, but also the author’s opinion and message regarding to the author’s purpose in writing the book. Even if one’s opinion clashes with the majority, it does not label the opinion as false. Although some books, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, are viewed as offensive by some people, the books should not be banned from secondary schools because of their accurate depiction of American society during the time in which they were written. Books shouldn’t be banned from secondary schools just because the book’s message is interpreted in such a way, that some readers may find something offensive, such as: language, objectionable themes, main ideas, criticism, or beliefs. Many books actually have a deeper meaning to them, instead of what may seem to the reader as questionable text, closer reading may reveal hidden meanings that may offer different opinions that the reader can relate to. Banning books goes against the Bill of Rights and the democratic ideal of liberty. If some people find a book offensive, there is also another group of people that don’t find the book inappropriate at all; it is only fair that both sides of the issue get heard and that school administrators or parents aren’t provincial. Banning the books from a secondary school restricts the student’s mindsets to what is only
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“appropriate”, therefore impeding their learning of the real world— where people are bound to disagree with on another. From the surface, one may deem a book such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a racist novel just by seeing racial slurs such as “nigger” peppered through its pages. With a closer reading and by interpreting the word choice of Mark Twain, one can then clearly see that his objective was not to be racist and ignorant, but to criticize society. After Huck Finn spends time with Jim, Huck begins to sympathize with him and realizes that Jim, who is a runaway black slave, has feelings too: “I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d ’a’ knowed it would make him feel that way” (Twain 86). Huck’s consideration for Jim’s feelings shows maturation into a less racist mindset. Huck also follows his own conscience when he rips up the letter he
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