Top Ten Banned Books


10. The Color Purple
It depicts the life of a young black girl, Celie, who speaks about her life in letters to God. It has been banned because of its extreme and graphic violence, troubling ideas about relations between races, African history, human sexuality, and man’s relationship with God.

9. To Kill a Mocking Bird
The book is known for its humour and warmth while still dealing with critical and serious issues such as racism, rape, and loss of innocence. It is extremely prejudice and stereotypical. The novel also portrays an assault that is somewhat sexual, resulting in a rape. Vulgar language, including the “n” word, is also used.

8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
This novel is an autobiography of the early life of Maya Angelou. The book has been banned because of its explicit scenes of rape and other sexual abuse, as well as violence, homosexuality, and vulgar language.

7.Brave New World
This book revolves around a setting of a drugged, dull and mass society. The book is a parody of a utopian society. The book has been banned for its strong themes of drugs, sexuality, and suicide

6. 1984
The novel that depicts an extremely grim future of society. The society has no free will, truth, or privacy. The book tosses around the idea of “Big Brother,” which is still highly influential and popular in culture today. The book has also been challenged for sexual themes.

5. Catcher in the Rye
The novel explains three days in the life of a 16 year old boy, who is seen as extremely troubled. It is a true expression of teenage angst and rebellion against adults, and many have challenged the book because they fear younger people will look up to Holden, the main character.

It analyzes the mind of a highly intelligent, self-loathing man named Humber Humbert, who is a paedophile and has an extreme obsession for “nymphets,” which are young girls, generally around the age of 12. Most countries have challenged the book because of its portrayal of a sexual relationship between a child and an adult.

3. Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter series tell the tale and adventures of a young boy named Harry Potter, who is a wizard, and his friends Ron and Hermione. In 2001, parents from all over the U.S. and other parts of the world challenged the book because of its witchcraft, violence, the occult, and its overall scariness.

Candide is a classic French novel by Voltaire that satirizes all things that many saw sacred in its day. Churches, philosophers, armies, and rulers were all poked fun at.

1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn is a story of a young boy, Huck, and a runaway slave, Jim, who travel down the Mississippi in order to escape “sivilization.” At first, the book was banned for its use of slang, which was seen as demeaning. Over time, the focus shifted towards the fact that the novel uses the “n” word so many.

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