The play The Marriage of Figaro (1784), which ridiculed the privileges of the aristocracy and set a common servant above his master, was banned throughout France and Austria. It has been considered an early indicator of the French Revolution. Certainly authorities of the eighteenth century felt justified in their banning of the work. Please discuss your position on artistic restrictions. Do you feel there is ever justification for a piece of art being restricted or banned from public consumption? Use specific examples to support your claims.



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