Examples Of Controversy In Fahrenheit 451

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Controversy [kon-truh-vur-see]. Noun, plural con·tro·ver·sies; A prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion (Controversy Definition & Meaning | Dictionary.com). Controversy is a common occurrence in modern society. People have disputes all the time about a variety of topics. Though most people will agree that a bit of controversy is a good thing, the mere appearance of controversy in society sparks an important question. What if controversy was nonexistent? What if everyone thought the same things? How would this happen - and why? In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, firemen don’t put out fires - they start them. A fireman’s job is to burn books, which are illegal to own, and nobody questions why - until a fireman named Guy Montag meets a young girl named Clarisse, who asks questions about everything. Even …show more content…

One of the most consistently banned books is Maus, a book depicting events from the Holocaust. On January 10, 2022, a school board in Tennessee voted unanimously to ban the book due to depictions of language, nudity, death, and suicide. The school board stated that they only banned the books because of the language and nudity. Many people have disputed these claims by pointing out that the characters are depicted as mice, making the committee’s claims of nudity far less viable. The New York Times reported on this story, sharing what happened and why. They also wrote about other banned books stating, “In York County, Pa., teachers and students protested against and overturned a ban on a selection of books told from the perspective of gay, Black, and Latino children.” Steve Cohen, Tennessee’s first Jewish Congressman, said, “It’s depressing to see this happen anywhere in the country, and when it comes to censoring an easy way to reach children and teach them about the Holocaust, it’s particularly

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