Saturday, January 9, 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird Banned in Some Schools
Suzanne, you may have already read this book, but my recommendation for you is: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was one of my favorite novels that we were instructed to read in 9th grade. You said you like historical fiction, and I think this book fits into that category easily.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel published in 1960. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. To date, it is Lee's only published novel, and although she continues to respond to the book's impact, she has refused any personal publicity for herself or the novel since 1964.
The book delves into the themes of racism in America as well as addressing issues of class, courage, compassion, and gender roles.
I've heard that this book is banned from some schools because of its use of racial epithats. What do you think of banning books from schools? Are there some books that shouldn't be taught? Is this one of them? Does this book draw put too much light on the topic of racial prejudice or is it shining needed light on a still-relevant subject?