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Bo's Censorship Paper

Bo Lund
English 9A
Mrs. Grossman
November 19, 2004

I.Introduction
A. Thesis Statement: I think these books should not be censored because the books' violence and profanity help make the mind create a clearer picture about what is happening in the story.

II.Body
A. Reasons for Censorship
1. Profanity
A. Of Mice And Men
1. basterd, damn, and hell used
2."God Damn Basterd" used
B.A Child Called "It"
1. basterd and bitch used
2.Other uses of profanity
2.Violence
A. Of Mice And Men
1. Lennie killing things
2. Lennie killing a person
B. A Child Called "It"
1.Pelzer's mother beating him
2.Pelzer Eating feces
B. When And Where Books Were Censored
A. To Kill A Mocking Bird
1.Edin Valley, Minnesota
2.Arizona Elementary School
B. Of Mice And Men
1. Syracuse, Indiana
2. South, Carolina
C. Argumentative Section
A. Censors covering the real world
1.censoring the world
2.authors bringing it to us in written form
B. Not Always Happy Endings
1.David Pelzer being beaten
2.Lennie killing animals
III. Thesis Summary and Conclusion

Lund 1
According to Imuna, censorship is defined as, broadly, any government restrictions on speech or writing; more precisely, government restrictions on forms of expression before they are disseminated (Imuna). When harmless books such as Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck, and A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer, are censored and taken out of local libraries, a great piece of literature is taken away from the next generation of children. These books should not be censored because the books' violence and profanity help the mind create a clearer picture about what is happening in the story.

In the novel Of Mice And Men, basically all of the characters mentioned in the book use some sort of profanity. Their swearing includes the words basterd, damn, and hell. He also says "God" used in vigorous ways....
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