Bradbury understood and conveyed how banning books is to ban individuality, intellectuality, and a culture as a whole. Society needs books to become well rounded and well thought individuals. Banning books will cause society to collapse into a sad grey world like Montag's society in the novel. In an effort to make sure this doesn't happen books should live on and never be at risk to be banned. The loss of books will have society fall into a pit of numbness.
This truth hiding is also causes society a portrayal of deceitfulness, which can cause problems. Next banning books takes away a person 's First Amendment right; this means that we are not getting our right to speech as listed on the first line of the Bill of Rights. Banning books takes away our Constitutional rights, which every American citizen has. These are just a few of the reasons books banning is a huge national problem. In the
Books are an essential way to gain knowledge whether they are controversial or not. Thousands of books have been banned from public libraries and schools due to being deemed ‘inappropriate’ by parents, administrators, or religious leaders. Whether Americans should ban books in public libraries and schools is an often debated topic. This censorship of books is dangerous, as it restricts the American people's’ ability to access information, leaving Americans ignorant. Historically, banning books is not a new practice.
In the United States Constitution the First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” ("First Amendment.”) How is it in a country where freedom of speech is held so sacred, we are unable to read about it in books? Another question might be, why are we unable to protect our children from such harmful materials? These are questions asked by many as we experience censorship on a regular basis. Censorship is mainly focused on books that children and schools are reading in America. The idea of Censorship and book banning is to protect the youth from potentially harmful ideas or thoughts, but some would argue that in doing so it goes against the First Amendment rights.
Therefore, the government does not have the power to enforce a religion upon every citizen of the U.S. The freedom of religion is a right given to everyone in the U.S. who is actively practicing some sort of religion or no religion at all. The government cannot force someone to practice one religion against their
Like for example, in WWI, the soldiers’ letters were being censored in order to protect them from any harm that could be done to the by their enemies. They weren’t allowed to send any information of theirs in their letters, as it was a risk that
Therefore, I conclude that banning guns is not worth it because people who want to use them for negative reasons will even if they are banned. There will always be bad people in the world and that is just the way it is going to be. No one can change who they are so there will always be
Any expression, therefore, that impedes on one person or a group of people should be stopped because it has not done anything to benefit anybody. Mill’s statements on the freedom of speech is what I will rely on for my argument. Mill’s view on the freedom of speech is still relevant today because he does not take the view that there shouldn’t be any freedom of speech, but that it should be limited at certain times and this issue is very relevant in today’s society. Mill states a bold statement in the footnote at the beginning of Chapter II of On Liberty, in defence of the freedom of speech ‘If the arguments of the present chapter are of any validity, there ought to exist the fullest liberty of professing and discussing, as a matter of ethical conviction, any doctrine, however immoral it may be considered’. Mill clearly is in the defence of the freedom of speech here because this liberty has to exist with everything so that we have ‘absolute freedom of
This society burns books because their content is troublesome. The reason for this decision was because people were unable to formulate solutions to the problems that books created. They always take the easiest route resulting in their society neglecting books and the ideas inside them. Bradbury uses anti-intellectualism to demonstrate that by controlling what a society is exposed to and limiting their ideas, they will conform. In the society that Montag lives, people are consumed by distractions.
One thing that sets America apart from other countries is its freedom. The freedom to say, do, or practice whatever one wants. Hate speech is part of that freedom. Not allowing “hate speech” is essentially telling someone, “Hey, you shouldn’t have an opinion.” There are quotations marks around the words hate speech because there’s no real guideline on what is considered a hate speech. It’s sort of a gray line.