This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a Freebie. Anything you want.
As a former Literature major and as someone who never had her reading censored by her parents, it boggles my brain and infuriates me when I see/hear about books that are STILL being banned and/or challenged.
So, this week I decided to do something a bit different. I hope you enjoy and have a little fun with it.
If I were into banning/challenging books here a few I would ban/challenge and the reasons why
- Canterbury Tales
The Miller’s Tale and The Wife of Bath’s TaleReasons: The Miller’s Tale – Alisoun the wife of John, the Miller, has an affair with a young poor struggling cleric, Nicholas; Nicholas sticks his naked butt out the window and ends up being branded by Absolon the Parish cleric who also wants to bed Alisoun; John is made fun of
The Wife of Bath’s Tale – Talk of sex being for pleasure; The Wife of Bath has had five husbands; Spousal abuse between the Wife of Bath and Jankyn
Reasons: Murder; Affairs; Oedipus kills his father then marries his mother (and so what if he didn’t know he was marrying his mother – he still did it; Witchcraft; Suicide (ah those star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet)
- Jane Eyre
Reasons: Child Abuse at Lowood School; Rochester keeping his mentally ill wife, Bertha locked away in the tower; Marrying Jane while still married to Bertha
- Oliver Twist
Reasons: Child abuse; Child Labor; Juvenille delinquency; Prostitution
- Gulliver’s Travels
Reason: Doctrinal differences over how to crack eggs
Reasons: Grave robbery; Victor abandons his creature, which I guess is a type of child abandonment; Murder; Revenge; Playing God by trying to artificially create life
I find it a bit hypocritical that today’s contemporary literature with the same types of themes as classic literature is not okay for our children to read, but the classic literature is okay. Hmm. I wonder why. Thoughts?