Censorship In Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 Captain of the firehouse, Beatty, once said: “[....] A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon, breach one man’s mind.” (Bradbury 58) Could you imagine our world without books? No textbooks, poems, or Bibles; leaving comic books as the only thing possible to read for leisure time. This is a reality in the book Fahrenheit 451. The setting is in a large futuristic city where books are outlawed and believed to bring insanity and unhappiness to one’s mind. If a person is caught to have books they are punished by fire. Books, houses and sometimes the people are even engulfed in the flames. Behind all the madness is ten year veteran fireman, Guy Montag and his captain Beatty. They both love their jobs and hate books with a passion, punishing all law breakers with unforgiving kerosene and fire, until Montag meets seventeen year old Clarisse who …show more content…

In hopes of persuading Montag Beatty states, ”Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally ‘bright,’ did most of the reciting and answering while the others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him.” (Bradbury 57) Analyzing Beatty’s words it is quite apparent he wants people to be at the same level of knowledge and capabilities, that way people don’t feel inferior to the more intelligent children. “We must all be a like. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. [...]” (Bradbury 58) Beatty feels like everyone being the same is great however, there is a negative too. With people thinking the same way how are they suppose to think of new and creative ideas? Everyone is programmed to think the same so new ideas and inventions are very scarce compared to our society because creativity is squashed by the leaders of Montag’s

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