Censorship throughout our world can be debated on its meaning and intentions. While some may be convinced that censoring violates the readers rights, others may believe that censoring is a way to protect certain knowledge of history and truths. While there are many forms of censorship, banning books demonstrates a prevalent routine used by public schools globally. One book in particular that has been banned/censored in several parts of our world is the Hunger Games.
Around the time of 1650, the first ever book was banned: The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption (sandiegofreepress.
org). This book was banned for several reasons, especially for the absurd knowledge it contains. While only 4 copies remain existing today, its power of influence was strong on Americans. With this, other nations began to copy this process of banning books to help their citizens protect themselves from reality. While this method of suppressing knowledge seems too exaggerated, this isnt the only reason. For some, books can be banned for having incongruous, inappropriate behavior or it can exhibit a certain environment thats too extreme for its young readers.
The Hunger Games, portrays both of these aspects throughout the book. This book draws attention specifically to its killing and constant homicides that revolves around the battlefield. Not to mention, it involves kids killing each other, not adults! Its plot includes a society divided into 12 districts, depending on their economic status. From this, an annual Hunger Games took place which takes 2 people from each district (one boy and one girl) and let them fight till the last district survives.
As the book progresses, it demonstrates the imagery of fear and killing amongst these people. The vocabulary used throughout the book helps the reader clearly visualize on whats going on. A quote depicting its imagery can be located on page 150 of the Hunger Games where it states A boy, I think from District 9, reaches the pack at the same time I do and for a brief time we grapple for it and then he coughs, splattering my face with blood. I stagger back, repulsed by the warm, sticky spray. Then the boy slips to the ground. That’s when I see the knife in his back. Already other tributes have reached the Cornucopia and are spreading out to attack. Yes, the girl from District 2, ten yards away, running toward me, one hand clutching a half-dozen knives. I’ve seen her throw in training. She never misses. And I’m her next target From this, the reader can now place themselves in Katniss shoes. From this, readers may experience mixed feelings or even fear. Therefore, the plot in Hunger Games is significant in the banning of it in certain areas of the world.
The Hunger Games is one of the top 10 banned books of all time. In 2010 alone, there were 348 cases involving the banning of the trilogy. Banned Books states bannedbookscm.com. From this, The Hunger Games becomes to be evident that many places arent too fond of it. Many states in America believe that novels like these make society turn wicked and evil. This is, because of the dystopian society that Katniss and other characters live in. Two main topics that represent this type of society are romance and violence. These two go hand