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Lost_in_dreamland says...

I posted this on my blog but got no replies so I decided to post here:

I'm in serious need of help, and I mean serious.
Anyway, I'm working on my essay, yes, working on it! Finally, after only seventeen hours of avoiding it.

Anyway, it's a discursive essay, basically you choose a topic that's rather controversial and discuss the arguments for and against &c. &c.
I'm doing: Does literature have a positive impact upon society.

I've split it up into three sub-arguments:
Argument I
Controversy in literature - having controversial issues or characters and how this impacts upon society, one argument for having controversy in literature, one against and then a case study (a book that has controversial ideas/ characters in it.)

Argument II
Setting ideals for society - how some books shaped society's ideals, and what we think of as 'right'. One argument for setting ideals, one against and a case study.

Argument III
I haven't quite thought of this one yet.

Anyway, I'd like some opinions on my choice of arguments and a help on what books to choose as case studies.

For Argument I I'm not sure what book I'm going to use, some suggestions would be good.

Argument II I'm thinking of choosing some Shakespeare, as he dealt with a lot of moral issues &c. But! This is subject to change and if anyone can think of anything better I'd be much obliged.

Basically - Do you think these arguments are valid for the point I'm trying to make (Does literature have a positive impact upon society?) ?
Do you think the arguments are strong ones that could be argued for both sides?
And finally;
Could you possibly help me choose some books for my case studies (It was my idea to use books as case studies, so I kind of need these. xD)

For my case studies I'm thinking of using Shakespeare, To Kill a Mockingbird, and finally, I need a little help with choosing a final argument and final book, note: The books I am doing are old books, 20th century backwards.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and I'd be much obliged.

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Antigone Cadmus says...

Some of the top censored books:

--Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

--Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

--Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

I have more if you need some... ^_^

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Lost_in_dreamland says...

Some more would be great Sakura, but don't worry about it, thanks for the suggestions.

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