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Why was Lord of the flies banned?

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loic | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 8, 2012 at 7:54 AM via web

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Why was Lord of the flies banned?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 8, 2012 at 8:45 AM (Answer #1)

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Like many great works of literature Lord of the Flies has often been banned from public libraries and school reading lists.  According to the American Library Association, Lord of the Flies is most often banned because of its violence and inappropriate language. Many districts believe the book's violence and demoralizing scenes to be too much for young audiences to handle. Since the book's main characters are children themselves, educators and parents worry it sends students the wrong message.  A school district in Canada banned the book because they felt the book was racist and used inappropriate ways to describe black people, and a district in Waterloo, Iowa banned it "because of profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women and the disabled."

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