I recently stumbled across an article that talked about how West Marion High School in Foxworth, Mississippi banned the book Farenheit 451 in 1998 from it’s English classes. For years, this book had been part of the curriculm, but a parent complained that “God damn” appeared in the book. While I understand that this language may offend some people, it is a phrase that is commonly heard out in society today.
I find it highly ironic that this school banned the story that talks about what a society that bans books might be like. Really? This one? Did the parent complaining not bother to read the story? Or are they no better than the fireman in the story that confiscated books and burned them?
It’s banned book week (Sept 26- Oct 2, 2010). What is your favorite banned book and why?
Mine is simple. It’s Fahrenheit 451. I can’t imagine what life would be like without books. And I hope I never have to find out.
Not sure what’s been banned? Here’s a couple links for you:
In honor of Banned Book Week, won’t you please read a banned book? I’ll be reading A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle with Dude.