Importance Of Censorship In Fahrenheit 451

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Book Banning and censorship should not be allowed . In the book Fahrenheit 451, the theme of book banning is shown by depicting the citizens that have never read books or shown no interest in reading books (due to the government ban on books) as unintelligent and frustrating in the eyes of Guy Montag. Most recommendations for book banning are suggested by concerned parents trying to protect their children from literature they deem harmful or inappropriate for them. Although concerned parents may argue that certain books should be banned to protect future generations from “Harmful literature”, banning books goes against the freedoms past Americans fought for and makes America no better than the oppressive governments it fought against whilst also setting society back.
Parents could argue that those books are replaceable and that they could find a new book to give the students but the solution is not that simple. In the Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board’s …show more content…

Classic books that will move and shape society for years to come are often challenged for the ideas and themes that they give but these things are what makes those books so powerful in the first place. So many popular books that everyone knows about regardless of age have been challenged, for example, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, both of these books have been challenged yet they are often brought up when looking into famous classic books. “Books dealing with edgy, dark subject matter such as addiction, abuse, suicide and can offer young adult readers a broader perspective on the world.” Writes Ellen Hopkins “but these qualities often make such books and their authors a target for would-be censors.” This idea is shown in Fahrenheit 451 when Beatty talks about burning books with ideas people don’t

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