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Fahrenheit 451: Censorship And The Danger Of Technology

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“Fahrenheit 451” Censorship and the Danger of Technology In today’s society, it is truly amazing how easily we can access information from all over the world. By using the internet or reading a book one can find answers to any question one may have. If for some reason access to all that information is restricted or taken away, that would be censorship. Many science fiction writers are concerned with the idea of censorship and how it could show up in a futuristic society. This is exactly what the legendary author, Ray Bradbury did in 1953 when he published a novel called “Fahrenheit 451”. It is written in the third person limited point of view and the genre of this novel is science fiction. In the 1950’s, the United States was dealing with the McCarthy hearings and the aftermath of World War II, which Bradbury used to incorporate in his novel. The central theme in this novel is censorship, so by Bradbury using metaphors and symbols he is able to show the dangers of the government having too much control. Without people in this society communicating with one another and the overabundance of technology it destroys the society of this futuristic U.S. town. In “Fahrenheit 451” the government censorship, causes the people of the society to believe that what is said and done by the government is the only way to be happy and…show more content…
It is ironic that the woman is willing to die for the right to read and think for herself. Since she refuses to leave her books, she burns to the ground with this finally makes Montag realize that “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” (Bradbury 51) It is hard to explain what it is about books that would actually make people go
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