Freedom of Expression in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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Censorship should not be allowed because in the Constitution, rights are guaranteed to the American people, such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to petition. Also, these rights demonstrate that the American people live in country which has long been established for its people. Therefore, censorship should not be allowed to occur because the rights of Americans are assured in the Constitution. In addition, past presidents such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson instituted the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to petition so that the people would realize that they do indeed matter and that they are the core of America. Allowing Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” to become …show more content…
Instead, it should be the people’s choice to like or not like what they read. For example, Harper Lee who is an author can write and print whatever book that she wants to for amusement because this right is assured by the First amendment, and censorship would be destroying this right. There are many good characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird” who posses excellent character. For example, one character is Atticus Finch. “Atticus Finch is the voice of morality, compassion and fairness in the novel. These are the principles that he consistently tries to teach his children, Scout and Jim (Harper Lee 1). This portrays that “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a good book for children to read because it teaches them character. Another character in “To Kill a Mocking Bird” who possesses good character is Tom Robison, but he still gets found guilty only because of the color of his skin (Harper Lee 1). Also, there are parents known as PABBIS (Parents Against Bad Books in Schools) who not only want limited access to particular books, such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” for their own children; they are trying to get this accomplished for other parents’ children, too (Kennedy 1). This is wrong for parents to do because it is not their decision to say what other parents’ children can or cannot read. On the other hand, school libraries should not act as parents

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