I'm writing an essay on why How To Kill A Mockingbird should be banned from high schools. Any ideas?

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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First, let me be clear with you that I do not think To Kill A Mockingbird should be banned from schools. It is an important book with an important message, and banning it would be considered by many to be a violation of our right to freedom of speech.I can think of many more reasons that kids need to read it than reasons to keep it out of schools.

Second, you do not state what position you are taking, so I do not know if you, yourself, believe it should be banned. Nor do I know if you have read it, which makes all the difference in the world to your argument. If you have not read it, you cannot make a case for banning it. You would have no basis for your argument.

Having said that, a case could be made for restricting its availability to younger students. It deals with serious, controversial issues of race and, in the story of Boo Radley, how to treat the mentally ill. Some of the material might be difficult for a younger reader to deal with, considering that the story involves a black man being accused of raping a white woman. But, the truth is, it reflects a period in our history when things like this did happen, especially in the south. Therefore, some schools might hesitate to offer it as required reading. Still, high school students have usually been exposed to far more controversial material, and the book rewards discussion and reflection.

Good luck with your paper.

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priya-challa | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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Yes i have read the book. Also, I do agree with you. The book has many controversial issues that sometimes could be offensive and inappropriate, i.e. the "n-word" and of course the issue of racisim. But my essay has to be on why it SHOULD be banned.

Thanks a lot for your help!

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