Censorship (Susan B Anthony, Inherit the Wind, Pauline Hanson)

Censorship is a term that is heavily abused throughout society. Stanley Kramer’s film ‘inherit the wind’ in 1960, Susan b. Anthony’s ‘are women persons’ speech in 1873 and Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech to parliament in 1996 address the fundamental issues of censorship that saturate our society. Censorship restricted society from forming ideologies that force us to think inside a box labelled ‘morally acceptable’. The inept capability of citizens to make their own opinion on a law or their rights rather than suscepting to the reigning propaganda through clever language techniques such as rhetoric and alliteration is what Susan, Pauline and Stanley were trying to portray, - they were thinking outside the box.

PROPAGANDA: Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech to parliament in 1996 was heavily controversial due to her strong propaganda on racial equity within the Australian culture. Hanson’s fluent use of jargon and colloquialism becomes evident throughout the text. Things like “wake up Australia, before its too late” and when she borrows the quote “ give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime”. This is insinuating that aboriginals have it too easy and she believes that they should have to work just as hard as we did. Hansen also states “of coarse I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home then I should have the right to say who comes into my country”. Inferring that she’s claiming ownership over our country and it should be entirely her decision as to whom is allowed into our country.  

Similarly, in Stanley Kramer’s ‘Inherit the wind’ Matt Brady, the prosecutor for Bertram Cates shows strong insinuitive language all throughout the text, an example is when he says that he has “been to their cities and (I have) seen the altars upon which they sacrifice the futures of their children to the gods of science. And what are their rewards? Confusion and self-destruction. New ways to kill each...