The Importance Of Banning Books

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Literature is a very important part of the human life. Many books have been banned and or censored because of inappropriate material or the usage of words that some people find offensive. One example of a book that has been censored and banned is the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Written materials should not be censored or banned because it takes away the meaning and possible education of the reader.
There has been a total of 11,300 books that have been challenged to be banned in the United States. The freedom to read is very important to some people and we shouldn't allow banning books just because some people find it offensive. The banning of books is preventing people from learning about the human nature and about how the
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The choice about which books should be banned has a big impact on how people think and their level of maturity. Someone who is careless and not mature might get the wrong meaning of the book and find it inappropriate or insulting and would challenge the book to be banned. But, someone is mature enough to actually know what the author of the book is trying to get at will more likely understand the message the author is giving out. For example, the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was banned in 1885 for insulting language: “Miss Watson’s big …show more content…
Censorship is the removal of information from the public. Censoring books puts a limit on the education of the readers. Books that are censored don’t have the originality and history of the original copy of the book. In the article To Censor Or Not To Censor At The School Library by Qianli Hu it states, “Not all books in the school library should be subject to censorship.” but that is wrong, because all books in school libraries and public ones shouldn’t be banned. In the censored copy of the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the author, Alan Gribben replaces the word “nigger” with the word “slave” to take make it sound less insulting. That word should not be taken out of the novel, it is an important piece of it and also an important piece of history. At one point in the original novel, Twain has a character say: “‘I liked the nigger for that; I tell you, gentlemen, a nigger like that is worth a thousand dollars—and kind treatment, too.”’ (Twain 214), but in the censored version, Gribben changes it to, “‘ I liked that slave for that; I tell you, gentlemen, a slave like that is worth a thousand dollars.”’ Taking away just that little word changes the whole novel and the meaning of how it was like back in the 1830’s and 1840’s. In the article Censorship from the Left and Right Distorts Textbooks the author Anne C. Westwater is talking to Diane Ravitch and she is against censoring: “"Some of this censorship is trivial," Ravitch

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