The first Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression from government interference. This is one of the most important amendments in the constitution and is what America is most proud of. However, these rights aren’t all they are cracked up to be. For example, censorship is very common and goes against the freedom of speech. Censorship has many different roles in society both in the past and present. In the past it was used as a way for dictators to control their people and keep them from reading rebellious literature. Hitler even burned all books that he did not like.
In today’s society, censorship is used to keep people from reading literature, watching movies, or listening to music that has been ruled “inappropriate” or offensive. The Bastard doesn’t contain any material that could produce thoughts of rebellion or anything of that nature and if you can understand that most of the main characters aren’t real and that the book is fictional then it becomes a slightly better book. Also, if the parents read the book before the child than they would know what the content is and base their decision on that rather than the title and what they hear from other people.
The Bastard by John Jakes is one of those books that has been labeled “inappropriate”. It was banned from Montour High School in 1976. it was banned because it has explicit sex scenes, and graphic violence. The main character is also an illegitimate son of a king. These parts of the book are what the parents of the students at Montour High thought were
to inappropriate for their children. The decision to ban this book is understandable makes sense in today’s society when most things that people find the smallest part “inappropriate” it will get either banned or restricted to a certain age group.
The issues that were the reason the book was banned in the first place,...
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