Americas schools had become a prominent issue in todays society.
Even certain novels which are deemed classics are often banned,
such as Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 by George Orwell.
The content of each novel comes under question when compared with
todays hypersensitivity surrounding the information and art that
children are being exposed to. When analyzed, both novels have
common characteristics which lead to them being banned in several
schools, mostly due to complaints from parents or school officials.
These novels should not be banned in the schools of a country
founded on the principles of free speech, such as this one. The
451is to show the reader a world without books and original
thought. Written during the climax of McCarthyism, Fahrenheit
reflects the paranoid atmosphere of the period, without being or
trying to be an allegory of Cold War politics (Liukkonen). The
Second Red Scare instilled a sense of fear in the American public,
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Fahrenheit is originally edited in order to be kid friendly by taking out swear words and all references to nudity, drinking, and abortion for high schools (Liukkonen). The fear of possibly offending a consumer becomes more important than artistic integrity, Ray Bradbury unaware of these edits for years. Entire scenes are rewritten, such as an incident that originally described a drunk man who was changed to a sick man in the expurgated edition (Sova). Unnecessary censorshipsuch as that runs amok in the expurgated edition before the original novel is published again. This edition has an afterword from Bradbury where he notes that there is more than one way to burn a book (Liukkonen). Without the expurgated editions, high schools began to ban Fahrenheit to avoid taboo references in the book, despite the controversial issues that occur in high school
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