7 Influential Books That Have Been Banned ...


Surprisingly, some of the books that have been banned or challenged are mostly classics and critically acclaimed works. They have had a profound effect on us as a society, and to this day they are unanimously valued in literature. Yet some overprotective parents have challenged these works of art, so let’s take a look at some of these complaints about the books that have been banned at some point.

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye is told from the point of view of a very cynical adolescent, who narrates just a few days of his life right after he is expelled from his prep school. The novel itself is considered to be very edgy even in modern day, which is one of the main reasons why it is still one of the books that have been banned constantly. Critics often describe it as ‘unacceptable,’ ‘foul’ and ‘negative,’ but from a point of view of an adolescent, I found it very thought-provoking.


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel that follows the life of Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn books and rid the world of all discord and unhappiness. Several schools across the US utilized a censored version of the novel with all of the ‘hells’ and ‘damns’ blacked out, instead of fully banning the book. In addition, other complaints have said that the book itself goes against religious beliefs.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby is about self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby, who seems to have everything but at the same time nothing at all. The book was challenged by Baptist College in South Carolina, which condemned the book for using profane language and mere sexual references.


Fitzgerald's classic, often recognized as a masterpiece of American literature, delves deeply into themes of decadence, idealism, and the pursuit of the American Dream during the Roaring Twenties. Despite being celebrated for its sharp portrayal of the era's social stratification, the depiction of moral decay beneath the glittering surface of high society has led some to question its appropriateness for young readers. Although The Great Gatsby continues to be a staple in high school curricula, the challenges it faces underline the ongoing debate about censorship and the role of complex literature in education.


A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire, a play about Blanche DuBois and her tragic downfall, caused quite a stir when it first came out. Critics believed that the sexual content of the play had to be censored, especially when the film version of the play was in the works. However, this literary work of art is still one of the most dominant classics that is incorporated at a high school education level.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee An award-winning bestseller, To Kill a Mockingbird is about the childhood of Scout Finch in a Southern town, and the chaos that surrounds her family. While many educators believe that this classic is a must-read for every teenager, others believe that its content is degrading and profane.


Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby Dick by Herman Melville Moby Dick is a stirring tragedy of obsession and vengeance that has been challenged for going against community values. For example, a Texas school district banned the book for that exact reason. Not really sure how strong of a case that can make, but those who wish to censor novels frequently bring up community values in discussions.


Herman Melville's Moby Dick delves deep into the psychological ferocity of Captain Ahab, a man driven to his demise through an obsession with a formidable whale. Its rich, complex prose and morally ambiguous characters expose readers to the darker corners of human nature, possibly making it discomforting for some. Despite its initial controversy and the reasons it's been banned, this cornerstone of American literature provides an invaluable look into 19th-century whaling culture and the existential dilemmas of its time, making it a must-read for those intrigued by the profound depths of the human psyche.


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Many high schools choose the “No Fear Shakespeare” version of the plays in order to help their students fully understand and enjoy the highly valued classics. However, there were complaints saying that those easy-to-read versions of the play contain mature content that middle-school children should not be exposed to.

Novels and plays can contain very provoking content that not all demographics might approve of, which is why even some of the most influential works of art are often banned. Do you believe some of these books should be banned?

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I'm reading the Catcher in the rye right now actually, as in it's open on my nightstand. great book

your facts aren't correct

I loved to kill a mockingbird

since this new format, which I like, has come into being ,some of the ends to sentences go missing, it's big and clear but rather annoying to not get all the text

I read like 2/3 of these in high school...

Anybody banning Fahrenheit 452 clearly hasn't read it

My high school requires us to read almost all of these book the first 2 years.

i read 6 out of 7 books they are well written and entertaining i dont understand why the would be banned

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