Censorship Critique Essay

1074 Words5 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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Blume believes classroom discussions on these topics would be more beneficial to students than the banning and censorship of books (346). Before teachers can open their classrooms to such discussions, the definition of censorship must first be clearly defined; a task that Judy Blume has accomplished in this composition. Blume confirms the purpose of this piece with her question, “What is censorship?” (342). Knowing there are many different classifications of censorship depending on to whom the question is directed, she proceeds to share her own point of view of what censorship means for readers, writers and education (342). She sheds light on the harsh realities of censorship by affirming the difference between parents safely monitoring what their children are exposed to and pervasive censorship based upon fear of the unknown or the misunderstood (343). Blume’s choice to share personal childhood experiences and her own encounter with the pressure of censorship exhibit her vulnerability. Because her story is personal and relatable, she invokes a positive response from readers while offering a nonchalant invitation to unite in her quest for abolishing censorship. Censorship is a very emotional subject for Judy Blume so it is expected for her to use expressive language. A part of her objective was to urge readers to empathize with victims of censorship in which her use of
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