Censorship In Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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"I was not predicting the future, I was trying to prevent it" (Bradbury). The world illustrated in Fahrenheit 451 isn 't that far off from our own. Technology has become a very influential part of everyone 's lives, and has control over people’s actions and thoughts. Ray Bradbury uses the themes mass media, conformity vs. individuality, and censorship in his dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, to capture a futuristic world in which books are illegal and technology is consuming society.
Mass media is a significant theme throughout the book, Fahrenheit 451. In the story, the government has created a utopian society where anything controversial has been suppressed from the people. Things such as books and universities have been banned and replaced with advanced technology. Montag 's wife, Mildred, is so absorbed in this new technology that she doesn’t see what is happening in the reality …show more content…

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury conceptualizes a society based on censorship. In the society depicted in the novel, books are burned when they are discovered in anyone 's possession. Montag’s job is to burn books and the houses containing them to ash. “‘Do you ever read any of the books you burn?’ ‘That’s against the law’” (Bradbury, 8)! Montag seems horrified that Clarisse would ask him a question with such an obvious answer, but the truth is Montag is really curious as to what lies within these forbidden books. Montag wonders what makes people do it? Why would someone risk their life for some pieces of paper sewn together? It marvels Montag that a woman would rather die than part from her cherished books. “The woman on the porch reached out with contempt to them all and struck the kitchen house against the railing” (Bradbury, 40). This peaks Montag’s interest in books, and even prompts him to steal one from the burning house to add to his hidden collection. Nevertheless the harms of censorship are eventually recognized, people become curious and want to know what 's being hidden from

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