Why is Lord of the Flies banned?

Lord of the Flies has sometimes been banned because of the book's controversial topics. Life for a group of British schoolboys stranded on a deserted island ultimately breaks down into uncivilized, violent chaos. The violent scenes, such as the killing of Simon, are other factors that have resulted in the book being banned. The bullying of Piggy, even by Ralph, is also a reason that the book has been challenged.

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Lord of the Flies has sometimes been banned because of its controversial topics. The story is about a group of British schoolboys who are aboard a plane that crash-lands on a deserted island. The boys become stranded without any adults to help them. Although they learn how to survive and...

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Lord of the Flies has sometimes been banned because of its controversial topics. The story is about a group of British schoolboys who are aboard a plane that crash-lands on a deserted island. The boys become stranded without any adults to help them. Although they learn how to survive and make an initial effort to create order within their new society, ultimately, any semblance of civilization disappears, and the boys revert to a state of uncivilized, often violent, animalistic, predatory chaos.

The theme in the book of the natural state of order being chaos and violence; the violent scenes in the book, including the killing of Simon; and some of the language, as when Jack and his hunters zealously pursue their prey, has resulted in the book being banned from some public schools over the years since its publication in 1954.

In addition, the treatment and bullying of some of the boys, particularly Piggy, is another factor. Even Ralph mocks Piggy when they first meet, and Piggy asks Ralph not to call him by that name, because the boys at school called him Piggy to taunt him. Ralph not only calls the heavyset boy Piggy, but he instructs the other boys to call him that as well. This form of bullying comes from the boy who is perhaps the most civilized one on the island after Piggy and Simon.

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