Battles In Naked Lunch By John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men?

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In many 20th century censorship battles, the lines in the sand between artist and plaintiff were clear. Ulysses wasn’t available for import or sale in the U.S. for nearly a decade following its publication because of its coarse language and sexual content. Ginsberg’s Howl faced trial in 1957 for references to gay sex and drug use. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs was an obvious target as it contained some of the most disturbing passages of its era, including lurid descriptions of sexual violence.
These high-profile fights form a convenient narrative about how American courts have historically reaffirmed the First Amendment rights of individual artists. Because the artists have—in these famous cases and in others—won out, it seems all too
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In the book, two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have come to a ranch near Soledad, California, to find work. They speak of saving their stake so that they can one day buy a little place where they’ll “live off tha fatta the lan’,” as Lennie puts it. But it’s the middle of the Great Depression and finding decent work, let alone saving money, is a difficult prospect. Add to this that Lennie is physically gigantic yet has the mental and emotional capacities of a child, and the men’s dream of shorter workdays, property ownership, and self-sufficiency seems particularly out of …show more content…
This so-called “Lennie standard” essentially holds that a criminal of diminished intellectual abilities who is perceived to be smarter than Lennie (who is a fictional character, remember) should be eligible to receive the death penalty, while an individual who is less intellectually capable than Lennie should not. This standard made headlines last month when the state of Texas executed Marvin Wilson, who reportedly had the lowest recorded IQ of any person executed in the state’s

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