Fahrenheit 451 Censorship Quotes

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The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury tells a story of a dystopian future where books are banned by the government and burned. There are several themes to this story and most of them relate to each other. Some of these themes include moronic television and conformity. The main theme of Fahrenheit 451 is censorship and how it is dangerous to society. The story of Fahrenheit 451 follows a man named Montag who works as a firefighter in this society. Firefighters in this society do not put out fires though, they start them. Firefighters are government employees who burn any books that are found. The government in this society tries to control what the people think and how they act. They do not allow people to think for themselves. Bradbury uses censorship as the theme of the novel. The government tries to control every aspect of people’s lives. Bradbury tries to tell us that this government has a lot of power. He shows us through the quote “Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin” (Bradbury 15). This quote shows the readers that the government has complete control over what the people believe and that they have the power to rewrite history if they wanted to. They can do this because people aren’t allowed to read or own books. If people…show more content…
In Fahrenheit 451, no one reads any books, thinks independently, or have conversations that are meaningful. The firemen of this society burn any book they find, people watch too much television, drive too fast, and listen to everything that the government tells them. “I’m afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? My uncle says no. Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks”. This quote goes on to show the readers that in this society where knowledge is censored people have become more
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