The Day They Came to Arrest the Book Themes

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Censorship and Independent Thought

Censorship is the primary theme throughout the entire novel, connecting all and plot lines. Whether a character is in favor of or against censorship, the topic of censorship alone has the power to create and destroy personal relationships, employment positions, and reputations. At the center of the censorship theme is the novel Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Barney believes the novel aims not to spread racism but to defy it. More importantly, however, Barney believes in the right to decide for one's self the fundamental point of a piece of information, whether that information is in the form of a book, a film, or a newspaper. Barney exercises his own rights by rationally discussing his beliefs with others. Kate, on the other hand, believes the novel to be both sexist and racist. More importantly, Kate believes strongly that the administration of the school is responsible...

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