The use of censorship is significant in the novel, which is due to the government's role in people’s . As a way the government censors what they feel is not acceptable, they burn books which is illegal to own, to remove them, if any person such as the old lady that will not give their books, they are killed with the books that are burned. Uses of censorship in the novel prevented many people to have the different mindsets in that society, which reinforce the government's role in the way people perceive their information. To prove the concept, a character from “Fahrenheit 451”, Captain Beatty asserts, “We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made, equal.
The government in the book had been brainwashing their citizens into believing books were bad for society and were constantly distracting them. Beatty had also tried to protect Montag, by warning him that he only had one day to burn the book. Proving that Beatty is justified in telling Guy Montag to burn his house down Starting off, Beatty was doing his job when telling Montag to burn his house down and if he were to let Montag go then Beatty would have had to suffer the consequences. Montag
Montag felt threatened by him, and he felt anger for what he had said about books. “‘…Well, the world can get by just fine without them…’” The world can get by just fine without them, without Clarisse, without anyone who decides to think differently. He wanted Beatty to feel the same thing Clarisse felt when she died. Just like Jan Zabinski did during World War II. Jan would poison the meat that was going to Nazi soldiers as a part of the rebellion to make them feel the same way the Nazi’s did.
Fahrenheit 451 brilliantly illustrates a life where censorship eliminates thought provoking activities and replaces such activities with those of instant gratification. Censorship is a controversial topic that often confuses the common person. “Censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are ‘offensive,’ happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others” (“What is Censorship” 1). Knowing the definition of censorship allows for the ability to discern suppression from the whole truth. Why censor in the first place?
Fahrenheit 451 is a book about Guy Montag; a fireman living with his wife in a dystopian future where books are illegal. Firemen are responsible for burning houses that have books in them and arresting people who have books. This all changes when Guy starts collecting books as well. This leads him to go on a perilous adventure that could get him killed. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses allegories, motifs, and symbols to show that censorship is a danger to society and it will lead us to our doom because it results in us being desensitized, depressed and violent.
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury introduces us to a failed utopia in a distant made-up future. Books are illegal. People cannot own or read books. A firefighter, Montag, whose job is to burn books, starts to wonder why books are available if they are illegal. Clarisse, Beatty, and a failed utopia are used to better explain the problem.
Commentary #4. The most important theme of Fahrenheit 451 is restriction of freedom of speech because of the fear to offend another person in the society. There are strict censorship laws in the totalitarian society of Fahrenheit 451. In the novel the job of a fireman is to start a fire and watch the forbidden literature burn, these firemen had never read the books they burn nor were they all allowed to keep one for more than 24 hours. “It was a pleasure to burn”, the opening line of Fahrenheit 451 clearly states that the destructive firemen enjoyed lighting fires.
Bradbury also uses the motif of fire to show the dangers of censorship. At the beginning of the book, fire shows destruction. “ A great nuzzling gout of fire leapt out to lap at the books and knock them against the wall” (Bradbury 3.29). The is a literal act of censorship. The books are being burned so people are unable to read them.
Books were burned as well. (Doc 6). These are all examples of the denial of human rights. People were basically no longer allowed to be them self or keep their identities. Pol Pot took away the right to basically watch television and read the newspaper, down to even having an education.