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A Separate Peace: Banned

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Erika Thistle

on 16 December 2013

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A Separate Peace- Banned!
Why was it banned?
A separate peace was banned because there were questions on whether or not the language and content were appropriate for certain ages to read. Some districts think that homosexuality was portrayed in the novel.
Sexual Content
Gene pays a lot of attention to Finny’s physical features. An example is "His skin radiated a reddish-copper glow of tan, his brown hair had been a little bleached by the sun, and I noticed that the tan made his eyes shine with a cool blue-green fire
Where it was banned.
Vernon-Verona-Sherill, NY School District (1980) as a "filthy, trashy sex novel.
Fannett-Metal High School in Shippensburg, Pa. (1985) because of its allegedly offensive language. Said to appropriate for high school reading lists in the Shelby County, Tenn. school system (1989) because the novel contained "offensive language.
McDowell County, N.C. schools (1996) because of "graphic language."

Homosexuality-
Gene thinks Brinker has a nice butt
“There was nothing idiosyncratic about Brinker unless you saw him from behind; I did as he turned to close the door after him. The flaps of his gabardine jacket parted slightly over his healthy rump, and it is that, without any sense of derision at all, that I recall as Brinker’s salient characteristics, those healthy, determined, not over-exaggerated but definite and substantial buttocks”. P.87
Other Books Banned That We Study
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Was temporarily banned due to words "damn" and "whore lady" used in the novel.

The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding The book implies that man is little more than an animal. Excessive violence and bad language

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
Banned Books
Ulysses, James Joyce
The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"I threw my hip against his, catching him by surprise, and he was instantly down, definitly pleased. This is wht he liked me so much. When I jumped on top of him, my knees on his chest, he couldn't ask for anything better".
This quote has a homosexual undertone. I don't think I need to explain it...
In the scene where Finny wears a pink shirt to tea, he is referred to look like a "fairy"
The night at the beach is a big indicator that Finny might have feelings for Gene. He convinces Gene to go on a three-hour bike ride to just go swimming in the ocean together. The both have a glass of beer and then lit down side by side to watch the sunset together. Finny talks and makes sure Gene had a good time and says that he wouldn't want to be at the beach with anyone else but his best friend, Gene.
The part where Dr. Standpole says to Gene after Finny fell that Finny said "He wanted especially to see you. You were the one person he asked for". (P.64) Gene is the one person that Finny cares about most.
"He began scrambling up the wooden pegs nailed to the side of the tree, his back muscles working like a panther's"
P. 41
Gene pays particular attention to his muscles.
By: Erika Thistle
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