Mr. Joseph Madison
AP English and Language Composition
22 March 2013
Why was the novel “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner, banned? 1. Definitions of Banning, Censorship, and Challenging
For centuries, writing has been a form of release and enjoyment, with the ability of exploring all your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. But be aware of someone that will contest you. Not everyone will agree with what you say, especially if it is something controversial, and will try shutting you off.
Once someone finds a book that objects to their beliefs, they can challenge it. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. Anyone is able to challenge a book, making an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Many times, a challenged book will only be censored. Censorship is the scanning of a book for content, and blanking or replacing anything that the censors find questionable. Other times, after the challenged book goes through a sort of trial, it may become banned. Banning is the removal of a book from a certain place all together. There are many reasons why people decide to challenge, censor, and even ban a book. Some may include the following: sexually explicit, racism, unsuited to any age group, violence/ profanity, religious reasons, political reasons, etc. One example of a banned work is novel by David Henry Lawrence: Lady Chatterley’s Lover. This book was written in 1928, just before he died. This book was banned was not allowed in legal circulation in Britain until 1960, 30 years after Lawrence's death. The book was branded as pornographic. Early on, it talks about two young girls giving themselves to men, outside of love and outside of wedlock. During that period, this was very objectionable to society in general. It was a sin to talk about, and it was an even more risky subject to write about. The idea...
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