Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Why It’s Banned: Primarily for its violence, but also for some inappropriate language and slurs.
My Take: For this book, since the language and slurs were minimal and violence was the biggest concern with this book, I’m going to solely focus on the violence aspect. As a child of the ‘80s, perhaps this could have been seen as a little too violent for school aged children back then, who may not have been otherwise subjected to much bloodshed, murder, and vicious bullying that exists within the book—except perhaps from Chucky and a few other horror characters.
That being said…the children of today? Please, the violence contained in this book is a walk in the park compared to the carnage they witness daily in video games, on television, in the movies, and even in real life. Blood and gore and violence and gangs and bullying is an unfortunately rampant issue in modern day society, and in my opinion, this book only serves to represent this kind of societal malfunction.
It’s a realistic view of how sick and twisted unstructured humans can be; hell, nowadays even a supposed structured society is scary.
Better to alter the youth and shake their desensitization to violence and send a message as to what can potentially happen when society falls apart. And…to my surprise, there was no cannibalism like I thought I remembered in it. Just straight up idiot boys trying to exert power over each other and not caring about the consequences.
Are we sure this is fiction?
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