Why was Lord of the Flies banned?

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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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William Golding's book, The Lord of the Flies, has been banned from schools on more than one occasion.  In fact, according to the American Library Association, Lord of the Flies is book number 8 on the association's list of frequently banned books. I do want to be clear though, the book was not ever completely banned from all schools. The reasons the book was banned are the common reasons that most books are banned from schools; too much bad language, sex, violence, and racism. Other reasons to ban the book have focused on the lack of morality shown in the book by the boys. In 1981, it was challenged at the Owen, North Carolina high school. The claim was that the book was “demoralizing, in that it implies that man is little more than an animal.”  


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