Censorship Critique Essay

1067 Words Nov 27th, 2011 5 Pages
Julia Else-Green
Eng 103 DE2
October 11, 2008
Critique of “Censorship: A Personal View”

In her essay, “Censorship: A Personal View” Judy Blume gives readers insight on the impact of censorship based on her personal experiences as a young reader and then later in life as a censored writer. She provides numerous examples of educators who were affected by censorship and chose to take a stand against it (345). Although the piece lacks evidentiary support for these accounts, and draws on sarcasm for emphasis, the original objective remains clear and strong. Blume succeeds in exposing what censorship is capable of, what this means for readers and writers, and how activist groups like the National Coalition Against Censorship [NCAC] can
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When she talks about the Moral Majority’s attack on her book Blubber she invokes sarcasm by referring to them as “The Moral Tone Brigade” (343). Although her intended audiences are supporters of the NCAC and are against book banning, some might say that it may have been beneficial for her to exercise a more politically correct manner. However, I would argue that in an essay advocating our first amendment rights, sarcasm is quite fitting.
When Blume became involved with the NCAC, she supported many other people affected by censorship (344-5). Along with her own experiences, she discloses several others’ personal encounters (345). Most lost their jobs or were forced to resign because they chose to stand up for their shared belief in fighting censorship (344-5). The stories are compelling and they serve the purpose of exposing the consequences that come from the suppression of literature. Due to her career as a censored writer, Blume is an obvious expert on this topic, however; she fails to cite sources and she becomes the only expert mentioned. Although there is an apparent lack of evidentiary support, it in no way hinders Blume’s line of reasoning. Because of her expertise and experience on the subject, her argument remains clear, concise and credible.
Blume’s essay contained a few minor flaws but they did not obstruct

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