Fates Worse Than Death Setting & Symbolism

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The Attorney General's Commission on Pornography

The Attorney General's Commission on Pornography is depicted as a pietistic traveling show against dirty books and pictures, manned by some individuals involved in financial or sexual atrocities. Universally, the commission members are portrayed as mean-spirited advocates of the amorality of the Reagan Administration. The commission is blatant show business, seeking pious headlines. Vonnegut jokes that he is turned down to testify that the scales have fallen from his eyes and that he accepts that the government must be able to suppress harmful words and images and begs forgiveness and the destruction of his books, for which he is now ashamed. In the name of democracy, he must be saved from himself, for he is hindered in making amends by the pernicious text of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

CARE

A product of World War II, the international relief agency CARE...

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