Banning Of The Tenth Circle

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The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult is about a young teenage girl that was date-raped, and that conflict led to a string of problems throughout the book. The novel had a great deal of sexual content, violence, language, and one of the main ideas fell back onto the piece of literature Dante’s Inferno, which talks about the 9 levels of hell. It was banned, not challenged, because of the unorthodox views that Picoult discusses for the duration of the novel. I believe that the book should be banned to a certain extent. It does have a very rich meaning behind the text that opens a conversation with adolescence about date-rape so, if anything, it should be banned against a younger crowd that wouldn’t understand the entire message the author is trying to portray. There is a difference between banned and challenged books. ALA states that a challenge is an effort to remove our resources and texts based upon the objections of a person or group of people. On the other hand, banning a source is the complete removal of those materials. (American Library Association 1). Challenges are often denied because of the loyalty of concerned citizens to our freedom of speech and the First Amendment. According to the First Amendment of the Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and the petition the government for a redress of grievances.” ("The Constitution of the United States," Amendment 1). This is simply saying that we are guaranteed the right of free expression, and the infringement of this right (censoring materials) is illegal. Even though it is against the law, I can see why this book was banned, and I somewhat agree with the bowdlerization of it. Intellectual freedom is very important in our
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