Recently Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 9–12

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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad


Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad focuses on the colonization of Congo by the country of Belgium and takes a harsh look at barbarity, civilization, colonization, and the colonizers.

Heart of Darkness has been banned in some U.S. schools for its violent content and use of the word "nigger".

Activity: This literature guide for Heart of Darkness includes an introduction to the story and discussion questions to use with the novel.

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