To Kill A Mocking Bird

What is censorship?

Censorship is a major controversy is the English high school curriculum. There are many arguments between teachers, school boards, and parents on whether a piece of literature that includes violence, racism, language, sex, and religion should be taught or not. Most parents believe by censoring literature it blocks their children from the negative content that could hurt them. But by doing so, students would not be able to learn about societal issues and they would not be able to share their own opinion on those situations. Parents are usually for censorship because they believe that certain literature is impressionable on their children and they do not want them to act out.

Atticus' famous speech

In Atticus’s speech in the courtroom during the trial, he does say the N-word but we must ignore the language and really take time to understand the importance of what he is actually saying. A book should not be banned because the censors do not want students to read about racism, violence, or the language. Instead a book should be taught because of it’s significant message that will educate students.

What is our topic?

Should “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee be banned from being taught in schools because of it’s explicit content? How has censorship impacted literature today? 

Act of changing or suppressing speech or writing that is considered subversive of the common good.

To Kill A Mockingbird has been banned in many areas around world because of its inappropriate use of language and descriptive images Harper Lee portrays.

Although it has been it has been banned in many schools, it is also taught because through the novel it is able to show what is right from wrong.

To Kill A Mockingbird



-Vulgar language throughout the novel.

-Educates students on the depression era and what it was like to live during that time.

-Different perspectives of racism from different types of people.

-Insulting terms and racist comments.

-Teaches that racism is wrong.

-The novel is a classic piece of well-written literature.

-The story teaches students many lessons in life including moral values and integrity.

-Plagiarism is prevented.

-Shows the different lifestyles.

-Portrays white people as a superior race.

-Teaches students about moral values.

-Implies a racist government.

To Kill A Mockingbird should be taught because....

– Teachers can teach students about the dialect, figures of speech,and other literary devices in the 1930’s.

How does censorship affect literature?



-Harper Lee uses explicit language to present realism, although it uses such vulgar language that include the N-word and others to have better idea of what is was like to live in a racist community.

-gives rise to and hides abuse of human rights.

-is used to control people.

-People have a right to know.

-may intrude on the privacy of a person.

-prevents violence by stopping the broadcast of events, which might trigger it.

-Freedom of speech is eliminated.

-Religious conflicts are avoided by the censorship of material deemed insulting or offensive to a particular religious community.

-Prevents spreading of racism.

-Children are prevented from learning things that could harm them and others.

-Censoring information may lead to a wrong image perceived by the public.

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To Kill A Mocking Bird
To Kill A Mocking Bird

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