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Books are banned due to explicit content proposed to certain audiences This is done to protect the readers mostly pertaining to children The American Library Association states atextmightfrightenor corruptthemby introducingthemto things they dont or shouldnt know about ALA Some reasons books are banned include religion profanity sexual content and violence which should not be exposed to young people The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier should be banned for 8th graders due to its violence portrayal of evil and profanityViolence plays a key role in childrens literature It can influence a reader to partake in such actions for themselves However the more exposed any human is to violence the more it can influence them The recurring violence in the novel can lead to negative effects in children For example They murdered himengulfed by nauseaafraid that some of his teeth have been knocked out Cormier The novels first page starts out with violence It is stated that there appears to be a strong correlation between media violence and aggressive behavior Eugene V Beresin As more children read the novel the effect on them is more apparent If the book were to be banned for 8th graders less aggressive behavior would be seen by them As the novel goes on violence does not stop Janzas fist caught him at the temple sending Jerry reeling His stomach caved in as Janzas fist sank into the flesh Cormier If students were to read this they would believe it is okay for them to act the same way Even after the violence is resolved in the book it states that Boys will be boys which can influence a student to participate in such actions The book has a huge presence of evil The characters in the book are manipulative and utilize psychological warfare The book is even saidthat it shows the Church in a bad way WetPaint The antagonist of the book Archie is known to be a master of psychology
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