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  1. Literature - a guide for how to deal with life.
  2. Language and content in 'Of Mice and Men'.
  3. The theme of the book and the relevance of the content to this theme.
  4. Spirituality in Of mice and men.

Phil Kerby, a previous editor of the Los Angeles Times, once said that ?censorship is the strongest drive in human nature; sex is a weak second? (American Library Association 3). According to him, people are taking censorship to far. It appears that they are beginning to enjoy censoring more than sex, a strong human nature. Censorship, the removing of objectionable features from the media, is becoming increasingly more common. It is beneficial in some cases, but most of the time, this act is taken to the extreme. The American Library Association proclaims that ?censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful? (2). They understand that at times, the act of censoring goes unnoticed, but other times it is very obvious. In both of these cases, however, it appears to be harmful, especially since it changes how the audience perceives what is being censored. One form of censorship, which has been taken to far, is the banning of books.

[...] Steinbeck's often incorporates inappropriate material into easier-to-read books, and, as a result, his books are often found on banned lists. John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men is often banned because of the tragic ending, language and sexual content, all of which are necessary to illustrate important themes. Of Mice and Men is an easy book to read, but it is said to contain offensive language and sexually explicit material. It tells the story of George, who is ?small and quick . [...]


[...] strikes their life because books illustrate how to make it through unforeseen tragic events. Unfortunately, some people feel that literature should always contain happy endings, like fairy tales. As a result, they try to censor books with tragic endings. By doing this, people will just have more trouble escaping tragic events in their life. Also, greatest writers and the best readers know that literature is not always only mere sugar candy; it can sometimes be a strong medicine . necessary for continued health? (Scarseth 388). [...]

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