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Haroun Theme Essay (Revised)

The Safe and Sorry: Those Who Succeed

Seldom do people distinguish specifically the difference between right and wrong. The right decision may actually hurt and do wrong, while the wrong decision may satisfy and help. If someone told another person that he thought that that person’s friend was irresponsible and annoying, should that person tell his friend the truth, or should he let his friend continue to be ignorant of his problems? These decisions can be bypassed by the right of complete freedom of speech. Freedom of speech describes the ability of somebody to express oneself and promotes the change and elevation of a current status or idea. The freedom of speech must be utilized to the greatest extent possible to reach for change, even if it can hurt, and this truth keeps a society communicating and leads to a cooperating civilization.

Marge Simpson from The Simpsons takes advantage of her freedom of speech when she attends a talk show with her rivals in the episode “Itchy Scratchy and Marge” in order to precipitate expression of opinion by others and lead others in the direction of change. When the News Channel invites Marge onto a talk show with the producer of “Itchy and Scratchy”, Krusty the Clown, Kent Brockman, and a psychology professor, she does not restrain her opinions about the violence she sees on television just because others do not wish for her to gain control of the situation. She stands up for her opinion and rebukes the other violence-loving interviewers. Marge sways the town to her opinion by speaking out and standing up for her ideas, not because she wanted everybody to be happy. Marge has to express her opinions to make people see the other side of the argument. The very notion of another idea forces other people to rethink their own ideas and possibly decide to support the new proposition, causing the new idea to stand out in a society. The truth and full extent of speech fills in the gaps in a society, but truths cannot improve a civilization by themselves.

The Guppees in Haroun and the Sea of Stories use their ability to communicate and express their opinions in order to trust each other, leading to overall control of their plans when battling the Chupwalas to save Princess Batcheat. When the Guppees arrive at the Land of Chup, they battle the Chupwalas to regain control of the castle that contains Prince Bolo’s Batcheat. As they fight, they guard each other, they fill in for their fellow ‘Pages’, and they work together. Throughout the war they have been discussing every detail so thoroughly, and their relations connected them and made them more trusting towards each other and more united in battle, while the Chupwalas, who are never allowed to speak, backstab their own men and flee. When people allow and revere speech, as the Guppees do, people are able to cooperate because they can confide in each other. People can only confide in each other, however, if they understand each other’s problems, which occurs only through cooperation. The cycle between cooperation and understanding each other can only be started by freedom of speech, because when people feel they can loosen their tongues, they bond together and begin to work with each other.

When a person wants to shelter another person’s state of mind from the truth, that person may try keeping the other in a wrong and unjust lack of knowledge because they don’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings. A person must tell someone the truth and state what they really think in order for them to help other people and keep the community progressing. The complete and total freedom of speech balances itself out in the people’s opinions and thoughts because new ideas will be brought up and scrutinized in order to find a better solution. Someone else’s opinions can build off these improvements, and soon everybody will be content with their lives. By working together and remaining positive and helpful toward their community, people can grow in their presence with each other and ensure the opportunity for happiness.

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