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Areopagitica

The prose style of this epistle is one that is based around the principles of rhetoric. Milton seeks to argue his point, which in this case concerns the need for freedom of speech and in particular...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2013 7:00 am UTC

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Milton's Areopagitica is one of the great classical defenses of free speech. It is also, more narrowly, a defense of unlicensed printing. This means that it specifically argues that a printer...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 4:10 am UTC

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Areopagitica is generally thought to be one of the most eloquent defenses of free speech in the English language. It came in the midst of the English Civil War when the Roundhead Parliament passed...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019 6:58 am UTC

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The opening of this essay, a quote from Euripides, crystallizes Milton's concept of truth (though he would add some caveats): This is true liberty, when free-born men, /Having to advise the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019 3:26 pm UTC

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Milton's Aeropagitica is considered one of the most important documents ever written against censorship. It calls for freedom of the press and religion. It is subtitled "A Speech" but was never...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2010 12:48 am UTC

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Areopagitica is arguably one of the most important defenses of free speech in the English language. The title comes from the Greek word Areopagitikos which refers to a speech given by the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 9:31 am UTC

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One interesting point about Milton's style is his use of the classical rhetorical elements of ethos and logos while omitting pathos. To understand this, we'll define these terms, then examine one...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2013 12:56 am UTC

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John Milton argues in Areopagitica for a free press, specifically against a licensing law that required all printed matter to receive a royal license that subjected it to government censorship....

Latest answer posted May 2, 2012 3:30 am UTC

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[W]hen the blood is fresh, the spirits pure and vigorous, not only to vital, but to rationall faculties, and those in the acutest, and the pertest operations of wit and suttlety, it argues in what...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2010 9:56 am UTC

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It is easy to see how a modern day reader of this prose pamphlet of Milton's, who wrote this in the 17th century, could view it as being mysterious and difficult to understand. After all, Milton...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2013 7:03 am UTC

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Areopagitica reveals Milton to be a man with a great deal of faith in the individual, and in particular in the power of learning to combat error. Milton attacks the licensing laws, which enabled...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2012 3:06 am UTC

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Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 12:05 am UTC

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Areopagitica is written as an appeal to the English Parliament asking they rescind a new law to bring the burgeoning printing and publishing enterprises under government control. It was called the...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2013 8:39 pm UTC

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The "Areopagitica" was Milton's response to government's plans to enact censorship laws on writers. He did not want the government to be given control of publishing because he felt, and rightly so,...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010 12:12 am UTC

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John Milton's Aeropagitica was penned in response to the Licensing Order of 1643, which in effect gave Parliament the power to exercise what has become known as prior restraint on controversial or...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2012 1:59 pm UTC

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Milton's Areopagitica was a response to a licensing law passed by Parliament in 1643. This law required, essentially, that books be licensed, or approved by a government censor, before they were...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 4:19 am UTC

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The central concept of this passage is about the assertion of individual liberties against legal impositions. This is significant to the work as a whole, which is an impassioned and eloquent plea...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2013 7:37 pm UTC

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Critical analysis is a detailed and complex process that can not be done in the eNotes format or in accordance to eNotes objectives. However, what critical analysis entails is an examination and...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 9:41 pm UTC

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I think that Milton's essay brings much in way of support for journalists. There seems to be a very strong call in way of disclosure and openness about works produced. Milton does not seem to...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010 9:32 pm UTC

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Seeing therefore that those books, & those in great abundance which are likeliest to taint both life and doctrine, cannot be suppresst without the fall of learning, and of all ability in...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2010 4:39 am UTC

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As far as Milton's prose style is concerned, I believe it's safe to say that he based the majority of his prosaic writings on the concept of rhetoric—or, more specifically, the three modes of...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 5:45 am UTC

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In his 1644 “Aeropagitica,” John Milton presented an impassioned defense of freedom of expression in opposition to a censorship law, the Licensing Order, which Parliament had passed the previous...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019 10:11 pm UTC

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The approach I would take would be to challenge whether Milton's only partial advocacy of toleration renders the Aeropagitica a failure, and I would argue that in fact a work doesn't have to be...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2017 12:22 pm UTC

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John Milton's Aeropagitica found that the initial blame for book-banning lay with the Catholic Inquisition, although the speech specifically protested a licensing law passed by Parliament in...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 6:07 pm UTC

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