In the novel Fahrenheit 451 (F451), the government has banned books, but the government is not to blame as it started with the people. The average person did not have the slightest consideration of books, and the people that did were considered snobby and harmful to society because they became much more intelligent than the average person. During the book, our main character Montag is a firefighter, but instead of putting out fires, they create them. They
However, this isn’t in a good way. In fact, it is in a very negative way for their society. The government puts limits and restrictions and what the people can know and learn. They do that through technology by making people want to watch television in place of reading. In fact, it takes little to nothing in order to have a job that would typically require a lot.
Fahrenheit 451, originally a novel, depicts the time of censorship and large industrial development. In this futuristic American society, firefighters burnt books rather than extinguishing fires. The government banned books and depicted them to be useless, offensive and more severely, mind ruining. Moreover, the libraries disappeared and teachers did not teach students to think but rather to memorize and follow instructions. The protagonist, Guy Montag, who undoubtedly worked as a fire fighter later saw through the government’s suppression after talking with an unusual woman, Clarisse.
This is considered ordinary within his society because they are not allowed to read books or have knowledge previous to this era. This law is enforced with such intensity because the government fears that knowledge in one’s mind will contribute to overthrowing whoever is in control or has the most power within the society. However this does not stop a few individuals (including Montag) to pose threats to the government by reading and by posing questions. Within the beginning of the novel, one of the major people that sparked a change in Guy Montag was the exquisitely observant Clarisse McClellan.
A Psyche of the Impactful Characters of Fahrenheit 451 The novel Fahrenheit 451 brings to mind the technological obsession and the deficiency of interaction between human beings. The author, Ray Bradbury, fabricates a world where firefighters incinerate books of owners along with all their belongings instead of saving them, creativity and curiosity are forsaken, and books are illegal. Possessing any kind of book will result in the readers’ home and books to be burned, and then the owner will be placed in jail. With the drastic change of perspective on society through the help of a knowledgable person , the main character was able to go against the conformity of society.
In both of these literary works, the authors explain a concept that is worshipped by the citizens of the society. In Fahrenheit 451, the people’s knowledge is limited because the government made it a law that they could not read certain books because the had substance. It turned out that there is more books that are banned compared to the amount of books that are not banned. Before the 74th Hunger Games, the government created districts to help
From the people that are storing books illegally, to his wife Mildred, to his boss Beaty, he impacts everyone in the book. But, for every protagonist, there must be an antagonist. Beatty proves to be the antagonist to Montag by continuously creating turmoil for Montag. Beatty expresses to Montag that fire is a “real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences. Now, Montag, you’re a burden” (Bradbury 109).
Imagine you were not aloud to own any books, and the overpowering government will burn any books you have. In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury this is the horror Guy Montag faces, firemen are forced to start fires rather than put them out. In the end, Guy Montag goes against the government and runs away to freedom. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is a short story about another overpowering government that makes everyone equal in every way. Everyone is just as fast, strong, and smart, and to do this the government gives everyone handicaps that make them equal.
Burning books is just like burning our buildings and our cities because they will both end in chaos. In Fahrenheit 451 there is no true happiness because people just do what they are told and they don’t think for themselves. Ray Bradbury in his novel, Fahrenheit 451 uses setting to show humanity and technology and how it’s similar and different to our world. In Fahrenheit 451 suicide happens so often that people don’t really care they just come and replace their blood and then they leave.
Lois Lowry once said, “Submitting to censorship is to enter the… world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all.” This quote perfectly explains the major theme of Fahrenheit 451, which is censorship. Due to the use of censorship by the government, people in this society are unable to form their own opinions, make their own choices, and are forced to live with distorted realities of the world they actually live in.
(Vonnegut 1). This quote shows they would suppress their smartest people to an average level of thinking. This society does not want someone to grow in any way and realize how bad life is. Similarly a sufficient amount of the same points can be made in Anthem, they are just accomplished differently.
The handicaps are given to the people in the short story to symbolize fear. The author states, “ every 20 seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair Advantage of their brains” (1). The government does not want people like George and Harrison to overthrow the government. Throughout the story, Kurt Vonnegut portrays the handicaps as well, but actually there to scare people from overpowering the government. The handicaps symbolize fear if they display any of their powers such as speed, looks, and thinking they will be severely punished.
Evidence to support this is, “We have broken the laws. The laws say that men may not write unless the Council of Vocations bid them so.” (Rand 17) Equality was talking about how he wasn’t allowed to write because the Council doesn’t allow citizens to do that. Their reputation was very controlling and they were the people who decided the rules that citizens are allowed to abide by. They have to do certain things within the book, based solely on the council.
Censorship of literature has always been a powerful means of manipulating society by limiting what the people are exposed to. This has been used as a way to suppress free thinking and new ideas, that could cause a shift in power in the society. The censorship of literature has been used by the powerful members of society forever, because of this societies fear the idea of their governments hiding information from the public. In Americus, a small town in Oklahoma is divided over a new teenager book series that some feel the series should be banned from the library. In contrast in Fahrenheit 451, a curious fireman indulges in a banded book, which enlightens him to a new outlook on life.