Book Banning Essay

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Books allow the mind to flourish, to wonder, to become the escape from reality that is desperately needed from time to time. Books can make no social comment, such as Dr. Seuss’s “Hop on Pop”, where the reader is just allowed to escape and go into an alternate reality. Books can also make a statement about social occurrences at the time, such as Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”. Orson Scott Card‘s “Ender’s Game” falls into a category in between where it allows the reader into an escape from reality while making comments about the society of the time, as well a look into an exceptional child’s mind. All three of these books have something in common; they have all been at some ...view middle of the document...

However, Ender learns he has destroyed an entire alien race without ever knowing it. Ender argues with his commanding officer on whether that was truly their only choice or if fear forced them to that. Ender has been morally tested to the point of which he gives up on everything, and later in life goes to rectify his mistake. The social commentary is on pride, honesty, communication and governmental censorship. All of this is incredibly relevant to the time period, in which it was written; in 1985 the cold war was still taking place, and the pride of American and Russia were causing lapses in the honesty and communication of the two giants of the world. All the while both nations are censoring information from the other as well as their own citizens, making “Ender’s Game” all the more potent of commentator.
Most often books are banned because there is something that they find offensive, troublesome, or just plain disturbing. However, sometimes books are banned just because the author is not a likable person, and the person cannot see past that in order to see the literary merit that the book holds. “Ender’s Game” is amongst this category. Orson Scott Card was originally a seemingly tolerant person, but as time pasted on, he has grown increasingly less tolerant, especially towards the Gay Marriage Movement. “Card’s bigoted views about gay people are bad enough, but he exacerbates them with seditious and frankly insurrectionist comments about a country that would tolerate gay marriage” (Jazayerli). Card’s views and outspoken actions are appalling, granted he does at least practice what he preaches, but his writing rarely reflects his beliefs to that existent. While his writing does not reflect what he beliefs directly there are references to Mormons in his novel “They both renounced their religions—your mother was a Mormon—but in fact their feelings are still ambiguous” (Card Ender’s). This reference does not, however, allude to Card pushing his religious beliefs on anyone. In fact the only possibly offensive thing in the novel is the occasional use of curse words, which most middle and high school students’ use. Overall the content in the book is benign, with very little offensive content to its targeted age group, thus the attempt to ban...

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