Examples Of Censorship In Fahrenheit 451

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The first chapter of Fahrenheit 451 is about the censorship of the people. They have a government that is different from our government because they banned books and highly restricted information. The government had firemen starting fires, instead of putting out fires. They use fire hoses to spray kerosene on books, lighting them on fire, so people could not learn. The only people who have the most intelligence in the story are Beatty, Clarisse, and Guy Montag, the main character.

The firemen do not care for the safety of the people. Even if they are doing their job, it doesn't make sense to stop people from learning. When the firemen got a call to burn a house with books, the lady of the house did not want to leave, so they planned on burning …show more content…

Beatty said that "Schools are shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored… With schools turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word 'intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.” To back this up, when Montag talked to his wife, Mildred, he asked her if she remembered when and where she and he met. Even though it was ten years ago, she couldn’t come up with anything about the event. She then proceeded waved it off and dropped the conversation.

This also involves kids. They aren’t becoming good learners at all. Children are sent to school at an extremely young age so that they can be indoctrinated with their philosophy. Even the classes are censoring things. Clarisse, a high school girl who talks to Montag on days he is walking to work, tells him that her classes aren't normal. “An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don't; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of

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