The world gets crueler everyday. There are new crimes being committed daily, and sometimes it can be because of what people are subjected to. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, this topic is discussed. In order to create a more positive environment, the world needs censorship. Without it, kids would be surrounded by bad influences, people would always find topics to argue about, and lives can even be ruined without it.
Firemen burn houses instead of putting out fires; children kill each other; televisions are your loyal family members; reading books, writing books and expressing personal opinions can cause you in severe trouble. Can you imagine what kinds of society this is? This is the society with total censorship. In Canadian writer Ray Bradbury’s science fiction “Fahrenheit 451”, this bizarre society is being depicted and criticized.
Ray Bradbury was the author of countless stories, but perhaps his most iconic is the controversial Fahrenheit 451. This frequently banned book about the banning of books outlines a dystopian future where television and radio have replaced reading and walking and the government is most certainly not the friend of the learned. Bradbury created a world at once fantastic and believable that resonates even more in today’s age of smartphones and video streaming. The question that comes to many readers’ minds is this: What prompted Bradbury, in the 1950s, to write a book about intrusive technology?
Fahrenheit 451 a novel written by Ray Bradbury highlighted the idea of censorship,the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, flims,nes, etc. that are considered obscene , politically unacceptbl or a threat to security. Censorship wasn’t theony themei this book it also largley highlight that people are willing to die for what they believe in.
Dystopian societies create a way of life that no one would ever want to be a part of. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell’s 1984, the two dystopian worlds are decrypted. The populations prove to have the same mission, and that is to diminish all individual thought. Both novels accomplish this goal in different ways, but along the way we discover that nothing is ever perfect, not even the human mind. In Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the control of knowledge is what runs through the veins of the government, burning books is the chosen method to eliminate the past and control the future.
Imagine a society designed to stop people from thinking and being unique. A place where people constantly have little music playing devices in their ears and watch television. A tightly controlled society so determined to stay as it is that media is controlled and books are burned. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury imagined all these things and created a story with them. He creates many different characters with very diverse stories, one of them named Beatty.
Ray Bradbury alludes to the Allegory of the Cave in Fahrenheit 451 to demonstrate communism and the way the society is controlled. Fahrenheit 451’s controlling, communistic society has an overwhelming amount of information that is not given to the public. The society is a ‘what you see is what you get’ type and discourages any amount of creative thinking and does their best to do so. Likewise, The allegory of the Cave presents the same general concept but in a straightforward way.
Living in a society with free sharing of knowledge allows individuals to use others’ viewpoints to determine their own perceptions. Many develop their identity and outlook of the world through sharing ideas in schools, literature, with peers, and in the media. However, when this communication process is limited or suppressed, people are inhibited from making fair assumptions and decisions. While this limits the freedom of individuals, societal systems can benefit from censorship since they can control ideas while preventing strife. These suppressive structures are seen in the societies of Pleasantville, by Gary Ross, and Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, as both dystopian societies create a false sense of security through the lack of any conflicts
Censorship The United States Government is finding new ways to censor citizen’s freedom. Are they taking it too far by removing online content and books that might be considered offensive to the general public. The government should not take away offensive reading content for three reasons. Firstly all citizens should not be limited to what books they are allowed to read considering we have been granted freedom from the government with the first Amendment. Secondly, books are people’s best teachers and provide real life knowledge for kids and adults who are trying to comprehend subjects that we not taught throughout the many years of education.
The Effects of Censoring Knowledge “The pursuit of knowledge is never ending. The day you stop seeking knowledge is the day you stop growing. ”~Brandon Travisciccio. In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray bradbury, this quote has become a reality. The government has banned books.
In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the citizens of a corrupt United States are controlled by the government. Books and novels have been prohibited because they contain ideas and knowledge which allow the citizens to think. The government does not approve of thinking so the books and novels get burned by firemen. Instead of reading novels, the people can only watch television and read comics and sex magazines.