Limiting Freedom of Speech

Topics: Freedom of speech, Profanity, Essay Pages: 3 (1259 words) Published: April 18, 2013
ENG 101

Limiting Freedom of Endless Opportunities
In the past few days, I've been reading an interesting essay by Jill McCorkle titled "Cuss Time". The main purpose of this essay is to convey the idea that nowadays, society desperately needs freedom of speech in which some people, especially children, they do not get because of its limitation rules. Moreover, another important point that McCorkle also discusses is our ideological belief’s tendencies to associate the way we were raised with the kind of people we will be in the future. McCorkle further elaborates these points; "By limiting or denying freedom of speech and expression, we take away a lot of potential. We take away thoughts and ideas before they even have opportunity to hatch" (307). From the sentence above, the important subject in this reading is very bold that people owns a lot of potential that can be more reached out if they can express themselves freely. All of these points on not to limit people's expression in the way they want to think and talk can all be related from my own past experience. I still remember when I was in senior high school; I got an assignment from my English teacher to present a group drama. One of the line in the drama was, “Damn, I can’t stand with this anymore” as we were presenting a drama about a broken-hearted man and his love life. Amazingly, my group got a great appreciation from the audiences and we thought we were one of the best at that time. Despite of having nice grades, when the teacher gave back the result, we got 0 for that assignment. We were very shocked at that time and tried to talk with the teacher. Guess what, it is all because of the line when we used the word “damn” in the conversation. Thus, I’m trying to point out that there will always be limitation and consequences on our action. In fact, there will be no such time when the world becomes full of opportunities and possibilities that are...

Cited: McCorckle, Jill. “Cuss Time”. The Best American Essays. Ed. Robert Atwan. New jajajajNew York: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011. Print.
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