How Does Fahrenheit 451 Change Society

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Literature has changed society. Shakespeare added hundreds of words to the English language through his plays and affected how humans would speak forever. The Analects by Confucius has phrases still repeated today, the most recognizable quote of being “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others”, otherwise known as the golden rule. Without books, the world would be an entirely different place. The society in Fahrenheit 451 is a world without books because of a standard the government put in place. The standard in this novel is to give unchecked power to the government, concerning all aspects of their lives. The society can not read books, enjoy nature, or spend time by themselves, because the government will punish the individual who does so. Some characters see the flaw in this standard, and attempt to take action. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the effects of giving…show more content…
These effects include conformity, powerless citizens, and censorship. Furthermore, the standard of this society proves the meaning of the work, to change society a character must defy it. The society seen in Ray Bradbury’s novel is not similar to American society. America is given the choice to read books and think independently. Not all countries are that lucky, like the societies of North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Libya. They are facing the same issues as the characters in the novel. These corrupt government are reversing the freedom the world has worked for, and making society today an entirely different place, as Shakespeare did with his plays. While Shakespeare's plays only benefitted society, giving a breath of life to the english language and unifying all english speakers, the governments of North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Libya only seem to damage society through their limitless
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