Theme Of Censorship In Sarah Crossan's Breathe

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Breathe, the dystopian novel by Sarah Crossan, tells the story of three teenagers living under an oxygen filled dome referred to as “the pod”. Throughout the novel the three main characters, Quinn, Bea and Alina, leave the pod to go to the “outlands” which is what the outside of the pod is referred to as. At the beginning of the story only Alina knows the truth about the corrupted government that runs the pod. A theme that can be seen throughout the book is censorship. Censorship is first seen when Abel, Alina’s partner in the Resistance, is said to have died by asphyxiation when he failed trying to disconnect the pod from its manufactured air. We know that this is not true. We know that Abel was actually assassinated by the government after a botched mission that involved getting tree cuttings from a museum. The government…show more content…
One country where censorship is very common is Cuba. Officially known as the Republic of Cuba, Cuba is a unitary sovereign state that consists of the island of Cuba. Internet censorship in Cuba is very extensive. (Wikipedia) The Cuban internet is among the most tightly controlled in the world. A special permit is required to use the Internet and all e-mails are closely monitored. All material intended for publication on the Internet must first be approved by the National Registry of Serial Publications. (Wikipedia) In Cuba, citizens do not have access to information and cannot communicate certain ideas or opinions. Not only are they not free but they are not living according to the UN declaration of human rights which in article 19 states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”. (Claiming Human

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