Censorship In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Censorship is the banning of any media that could offend a certain person or group of people. In "Fahrenheit 451", the government censors all books because every person was offended by at least one thing a book had to offer. To relieve problems in their society, all books were banned. By doing this, no one was hurt and everyone felt that what they were doing was right because nothing questioned their decisions. Out of all of this, Ray Bradbury is showing us that censoring media affects the way people choose to live. People in the novel chose to hide in the dark, running away from the outside world. They all had "families" living inside the walls that held up their house. All except the ones who were still fighting. On page 144, it is revealed …show more content…

" 'I am Plato's Republic. Like to read Marcus Aurelius? Mr. Simmons is Marcus.' " These people had no home, and no people living in their walls, but they thrived. This is because they weren't afraid of being offended. They could clearly see what was actually going on around them. Their lives were much more full and happy, and this was because they weren't afraid of being taught. Another substantial piece of evidence that could be used to show the effect of censorship would be on page 79 when Montag states," 'I don't know. We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help.' " Montag can clearly see and admit that he's not happy, which is why he is eventually able to overcome the fake world he was living in. Unlike Montag, everyone else wanted to stay in this fake life because it was deemed safe. They were not able to see everything missing from life because the government brainwashed citizens to believe it is

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