Censorship In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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If a person loses their power to say their opinion then what are they worth? The amount of someone's worth is the mark they leave on this planet and if that mark is erased, then what's left of them? The mere thought of removing someone's life's work is a crime against humanity and that person. Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by Ray Bradbury that shows a dystopian universe where books are banned, and this is how Ray Bradbury sees the future during his time. Censorship will not remove information to such an extent that anything offensive will be absolute, reasons being it would have to be a global decision, if a person attempts to remove something others will argue to keep it, and last but not least the public wants to stay informed.

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“You weren’t there, you didn't see, he said. There must be something in the books things we can't imagine, to make a women stay in a burning house; there must be something there”(Bradbury 35). This women has such strong beliefs that she dies for what she believes in. This just goes to show how people will always have a different opinion on something; the majority of people will not come to the conclusion that the removal of something offensive is necessary. In modern times there are thousands of people who would rather die than live in a world without books and if the people don't support the removal of books, then the government cannot take action without serious consequences. One could say that in the book Fahrenheit 451, there are people like that women yet their world still ends up like that. The reason such a thing occurs is because the book is made in the 1950s where nuclear war is a second away and the author only sees the world as it is. Such a world happens to be written about because during the time of the author people are scared and only think about the war. For this reason the government decides to implement complete censorship; this way they can form a sense of false reality in which they believe that they are in a safe haven. “And the war began and ended in that instant”(Bradbury 151); in a world …show more content…

This characteristic can be humanity's savior or destroyer. “If you put this in your ear, Montag. I can sit comfortably home, warming my frightened bones, and hear and analyze the firemen's world; even though the risk is miniscule”(Bradbury 87). This shows Faber's and humanities desire to learn things; he innovates a piece of technology so that he can know what's going on in the firemen's world and outside world while being relatively safe. There are tons of examples of this in the real world, the people of China are being censored to loads of information, but there are hackers and people who want this information so they try to acquire it. For this pursuit of knowledge, the disciplinary actions are atrocious, yet they still run the risk of getting caught and this only goes to show what people will do for knowledge. One could say, that ignorance is bliss and some people prefer that over having to know the horrifying truth. For example, children are happy because they don't know the painful truths, or have to experience the hardships that the adults are knowledgeable of. Ignorance cannot possibly be bliss; when someone is ignorant of something then they are uneducated, unaware, or uninformed of the subject. If a person asks any American if they want to be unaware of what their government is doing and be happy, or be

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