All Of Banned Books By Laurie Halse Anderson Essay

2031 Words May 8th, 2015 9 Pages
Notably, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson was a banned book, just as The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was. One man, named Richard Swier , even deemed Speak to be “child pornography. ” Although it contains one scene where Melinda is raped, it is not graphic or cause gratification in reading. Speak is a cautionary tale about the emotional aftermath of rape. It tackles bullying, depression, sexual harassment, and family dysfunction. It teaches children, teenagers, and people of all ages to speak up when terrible events transpire, even when it is strenuous. The Catcher in the Rye, similarly was prohibited because, as one library deduced , that it was allegedly full of “excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence and anything dealing with the occult.” Most all of banned books have one occurring theme that emerges: most depict difficulties faced by children and teens. While the motive for censorship is for protection, restricting access to these books hurts the children and teens that are in most need of them. Teenagers in susceptible society need to read books that help them make sense of their experiences. As Mr.Antolini, Holden’s favorite teacher, tells him in The Catcher in the Rye, “ you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. . . Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. You’ll learn from them-if you want…

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