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Fahrenheit 451 Censorship Quotes

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Fahrenheit 451, the title of Ray Bradbury's novel, is symbolic and has a deeper meaning. The number 451 represents the temperature at which paper burns. Books are burned in the novel due to censorship and a lack of knowledge shared with citizens and this dystopian society. The central theme here is censorship. It takes place in a world where book burning is commonplace and the main character who is a former firefighter who was sent out to burn these books becomes disillusioned by this process and then commits himself to the preservation of these books instead. One of the main ideas explored in the novel is the dangers of censorship and the suppression of ideas. What Bradbury has to say about how important books are to a society and what we …show more content…

Fahrenheit 451's society is gradually emulating modern society. Some similarities include the fact that, as technology advances, books are becoming less popular in both societies and that certain information is classified by our government and not available to the general public. Censorship is used by both societies to limit knowledge. “There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” Ray Bradbury, (Guy Montag), Page 48. This quote from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 speaks to the power of books and their ability to change people's lives. It implies that something special about books—an idea, an emotion, or a truth—compells us to stay even in perilous situations. Something we "can't imagine" but are still compelled by. It emphasizes the importance of literature and its ability to elicit thought and …show more content…

When Beatty orders Montag to burn down his own home. Instead of obeying, Montag sets fire to Beatty and flees. Montag flees the city by floating down a river, which transports him out of town and into the countryside. There he meets a roving band of like-minded intellectuals who spend their lives committing great books to memory. The novel concludes with a bomb exploding and destroying the city. Montag leads a group of intellectuals toward the destroyed city in the hopes of rebuilding it. Montag's courage in standing up for what was right was admirable. Montag's transformation is complete by the end of the novel. Despite the fact that he has yet to master the information he receives from books, his thinking changes enough for him to reject his society and embrace the possibility of a new one. Whereas the previous society crumbled as a result of its refusal to accept knowledge, knowledge will serve as the foundation for the new society. Books can provide insight into our own lives and perspectives, as well as those of others, assisting us in becoming more informed global citizens. They can broaden our horizons and encourage us to take

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