Why is 1984 a banned book?

1984 has been banned due to its political themes and graphic content, including depictions of sexuality and violence. In the Soviet Union, it was banned because of its clearly anti-communist views.

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Despite its importance as a dystopian classic and its prominence within popular culture to the present day, 1984 is a commonly challenged book in school libraries because of objections to its content. The book features violent acts and explicit sexual themes. Scenes such as Winston 's fantasizing about raping and...

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Despite its importance as a dystopian classic and its prominence within popular culture to the present day, 1984 is a commonly challenged book in school libraries because of objections to its content. The book features violent acts and explicit sexual themes. Scenes such as Winston's fantasizing about raping and killing Julia, the sexual relationship between Winston and Julia outside of marriage, or the graphic tortures threatened in Room 101 (such as Winston having his face chewed off by rats) are enough to get the book repeatedly challenged by concerned parents who believe the book is too mature for their children to read even within a classroom setting.

Orwell's book was officially banned in the Soviet Union for many decades due to its anti-communist views. The book was written in partial response to Joseph Stalin's totalitarian regime and its methods of suppressing the people through the invasion of privacy, propaganda, and control over freedom of expression, so naturally, the Soviet government did not want its citizens to have access to Orwell's novel. The book would remain banned in Russia until 1990, though even then it was released in edited form. Ironically, in the United States, the book has often been challenged for supposedly being pro-communist.

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