Censorship In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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In the novel Fahrenheit 451 the author Ray Bradbury explores the idea that censorship may lead to situations where people unknowingly resist thinking for themselves, but it may also inspire others to rebel against apathy and search for understanding on their own. Situations as in rebellion can develop when censoring topics. Confusion may develop along with technology advancements because society no longer think for themselves. Clarisse a 16 year old girl, introduces herself to Guy Montag on his route home from the fire station. Clarisse appeared very curious, questioning Montag’s life, while effortlessly he would answer. Clarisse continued questioning, until she asked “Are you happy?”, “ Am I what?”(10). Montag was confused, he attempted to convince himself that he was happy. …show more content…

A job, a wife, and a house is what society considered being happy, until he began thinking. Later on into the novel, Montag haves various flashbacks on past conversations with Clarisse that inspired him to read books. Clarisse sparked the interest. While walking in the park Montag encounters a man with a book, Faber a retired English professor. Through the interest of more knowledge, censored books and discussing on changes in society, and including making arrangements to copy the bible they became very close. Faber and Montag discussed how nobody listens to each other only to technology, Faber questioned Montag on why he changed his mind on books in which he replied, "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”(82). Montag notices that something is missing in their society and comes upon books since books are banned. They were thinking for themselves and knew that what they were doing was wrong but

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