Censorship In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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Censorship, a threat to society, was greatly practiced in the 1950s, which can be seen in the book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 shows how all the power stays only in the government and how the government does not want the people in the society to have the ability to think for themselves. To entertain their society, the way they wanted to, the government censored television in a way that solely entertained the watcher without making them think about anything. Censoring television accompanied by burning books, were strategies that the government came up with to keep total control of society, so people would not be able to know how to have an opinion about anything going on. Although Fahrenheit 451 was written in the 1950’s, it relates to today’s world because of issues of censorship and governmental control. …show more content…

“In the 1950’s, station executives were careful about the topic for their programs, especially airing not so popular opinions (Amini, Majid. Censorship.)." Bradbury gives the reader an image of what the inside people's homes are and talks about how the government provides wall size televisions to the people. This shows that the government does not give viewers the slightest opportunity to use their brains to think by giving them televisions that they approve of with shows that are meant to only entertain, but not spark ideas. This can be seen through Mildred, who only thinks about participation because a television show encouraged her to, not because she thought it through on her own. “Well, this is a play comes on the wall-to-wall circuit in ten minutes. They mailed me my part this morning. I sent in some box-tops. They write the script with one part missing. It’s a new idea (Freeman,

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