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    John Milton, considered among the most distinguished authors of the English language, published the Areopagitica in 1644 as an appeal against the English Parliament’s Licensing Order of June 16th, 1643. The Areopagitica, although not considered Milton’s best work, is believed to be one of the most influential and timeless defenses to the basis of free speech and expression with applications to controversies throughout modern history. John Milton lived during a time of religious and political turbulence; throughout his life, England was separated by many differing beliefs and opinions. Milton took to the Parliamentarian movement, in support of the English governing body, during this time of political dissent. He addressed Areopagitica to Parliament…

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    In modern day, we often take the privilege of free speech for granted. The concept that people can voice and publish their ideas, no matter how offensive or dangerous to an establishment they might be, seems ordinary now, but for centuries, it was very radical. John Milton’s 1664 speech, “Areopagitica,” was one of the earliest oppositions to the age-old suppression of threatening beliefs. In “Areopagitica,” Milton speaks about how detrimental licensing, the banning of books before publication,…

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    fulfillment and execution of free will. While Christian ideology (in other words, popular ideology) bases itself in the belief of Adam and Eve’s fall acting as man’s first sin and initial disobedience to God, Milton contorts this famous myth to justify God’s allowance of the fall despite his omnipotence and “eye [which] views all things at one view” regardless of place, time, or subject (Paradise Lost 2.189-190). Conveniently, Milton’s exploration of knowledge and free will in the form of…

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    Stanley Fish Free Speech

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    will silence any rhetoric or behavior “subversive to its core rationale” (Fish 104). Milton’s outlook on free speech is definitely flawed, however Milton’s perspective alone is not enough for Fish to come to the conclusion that all institutions--whatever that may mean to Fish--push insidious agendas through the speech they allow and disallow. Unfortunately, Fish neglects to acknowledge the fact that Milton can write his beliefs down on paper and send them to Parliament because he is a landed…

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    Milton Truth

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    When discussing Milton’s choice not to ever offer the Truth, scholar Stanley Fish suggests Milton made this omission strategically in order to support the argument that Truth cannot be contained. While it may seem frustrating that, despite all his allusions to the Truth, Milton never seems to explicitly state what the truth must entail, Fish would argue that the reader’s inability to finish reading the Areopagitica without being able to appoint Milton as the founder of some profound truth is…

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    "Books are not absolutely dead things," he wrote in Areopagitica - his celebrated attack on censorship - in 1644, "but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are." Anyone who kills a man, Milton said, kills "a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself". It has been nearly seventy years since the Nazi whirlwind took hold, sweeping the lives of millions before it. Never had works of art been so important…

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    may have forgotten or does not want to accept Gabriel’s views. Raphael, in the other passage, speaks in a peaceful tone to present himself as righteous. These are the interpretations of the two human-like angels passing information and perspective to their audience as opposed to the Areopagitica’s concept of books as an alternative but powerful and balanced form that can be seen as another non-human educator. Raphael and Gabriel of pass information down in a one-way communication or a…

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    ridding there community of the Neo Nazi protesters. Not only would Collin and the Neo Nazis presence stir up violence it would also disrupt the communities rights to live peacefully and in the pursuit of happiness, due to the constant reminder of such a horrible incident in the annals of history. Both make persuasive arguments for both positions of the case but I must side with the court and agree that although Collins speech would be hateful and inflammatory his right to speak his opinions…

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    Finn and Of Mice and Men, The Harry Potter series, and Growing Up. The choices at school are much different than the choices we make by yourself at home. In the 1980s conservative Christian wanted to remove things that reference evolution, sexuality, and other topics found objectionable. Each year parents and administrators call for the removing of books. The ALA tracks these efforts and defend their values. This can cause for writers and children to be harmed or riot for books. (censorship 2-3)…

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    chapters; however, the message and tone is what seems to remain the same. For instance, in the additional two pages of the final chapter he continues his flattery of the parliament, but centers the message around the law of nature and the charity of the Son of God. I think this overall return to the same message as the first edition shows that Milton has not changed his thoughts on divorce, just the delivery of his message. After starting with a question of the significance of the changes made…

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