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OF MICE AND MEN- A DEFENSE FROM CENSORSHIP
Transcript of OF MICE AND MEN- A DEFENSE FROM CENSORSHIP
ON FOUL LANGUAGE
Foul language is a part of life.
By the time we reach high school, we've heard every foul word in this book, and then some.
We don't censor every foul-mouthed person on television or the radio.
Such words are not censored in certain dictionaries available to students.
Of Mice and Men is a legitimate piece of literature. If works that are much more foul and modern are available to us, why should this book be censored?
This book does contain references of a sexual nature.
The men refer to a "cat house" or brothel. At one point prices are mentioned.
These are the most explicit references.
In my opinion, the references are not graphic at all.
ON THE GOOD POINTS
George and Lennie have a great friendship. The value of this is emphasized. They would do anything for each other.
The points some consider bad lead to understanding about important topics.
With the racism aspects, it shows why we should never participate in any sort of discrimination.
It demonstrates how ignorant foul language sounds.
This book accurately portrays how things were. It shows how far we've come.
We learn from the shortcomings of the characters.
Racism is an unfortunate consequence of human nature. There will always be factions of every race that believe they are supreme.
Crooks is referred to as n_____, by himself and others. In the time this book was written, that word was used more widely.
Lennie innocently attempts to befriend Crooks. The result highlights how despicable racism and segregation are.
An Example of Great American Literature
Of Mice and Men is not suitable for younger audiences.
By the time high school is reached, most students have enough maturity to treat the sensitive subjects in this book with the respect they deserve.
The controversial points in this book aren't bad, and this book has many good, educational points.