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Banning of Of Mice and Men

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Elise Weber

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Banning of Of Mice and Men

Banning of
Of Mice and Men

Where?
This book has been challenged many times with various outcomes. some places were:
Newtown High School, Illinois
Greencastle-Atrium, Pennsylvania
Normal Community High schools, Illinois
Grandville High School, Michigan
Olathe, Kansas
George County, Mississippi

Interesting Fact #5
Teachers were forced to change their teaching methods because they were not allowed to use this book in their school
Who?
Parents and school board members wanted the book banned because they thought the book was unsuited for the age group of high school students.
What?
Banned and Challenged the reading and learning about the book Of Mice and Men in schools.
Why?
The novel was banned because it has racism, profanity, foul language, violence. And people thought it was unsuited for the age group it was being taught to. Also, because it was seen to be promoting Euthanasia*.
Interesting Fact #4
When?
The first banning of the story was in 1983 and the most recent banning was in 2008
The story of mice and men is on the list of Most Challenged books of the 21st century
Actors chose not to be part of the Broadway play because, they didn't want to say some of words in their characters lines.
*Euthanasia is the act of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.
The story uses many archetypes which caused more problems because of the treatment of one character to another.
Interesting Fact #1
According to Banned in the U.S.A. by Herbert N. Foerstel, it is ranked second on the list of most banned books in the country.
Interesting Fact #2
Interesting Fact #3
Reflection:
Based on my topic of why the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was banned from schools, I do not think that my topic influenced the writing of this novel. In the time period that Steinbeck wrote this novel (1937) it was socially acceptable for people to say the things that he put in his novel. Also, when he wrote this novel chances are he didn't think of it being a book for school age children. I do not think that the writer of the novel realized that the chances of this story being banned was possible. In order to make the novel fit the time frame and the mentality of the people in that time, it is necessary for the language to be there. For the reader to completely feel like they are part of the story and make it realistic, the language and treatment of one character to another is necessary . In this novel I expect there to be a lot of foul language and racial slurs. Also, i expect the characters to be very different and have very distinct personalities.
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