Importance Of Censorship In Fahrenheit 451

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In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, one of the main themes is Censorship, a word meaning to take ownership over some type of source, and preventing people from using/reading them because they are sought to be unreliable or inappropriate. In this story, a city is under the government’s control and has very little freedom. Censorship should not be allowed to be placed so strictly because people need their own freedom to read/ do what they prefer. Censorship may sometimes be so out of hand that the government is really just brainwashing people. In this story, the government has banned all books and most types of literature. Now, the only source of entertainment for the people of the town is to watch the Parlor Walls, a big television…show more content…
The government also makes everyone oblivious to the fact that they are living a horrible life by placing television screens everywhere, which is the only source of entertainment for the people, even though technology is not that much better than books and newspapers, and plus, it is a lot more harmful to the eyes. Because of how many hundreds of frames are put together to make a TV show, it is really addicting. On the other hand, books do not have many pictures in them, and even picture books only have one or two pictures per page. “The tree women fidgeted and looked nervously at the empty mud-colored walls” (Bradbury 91). This passage is stated right after Montag, annoyed that no one is listening to him and is only watching the television, pulls the plug out, turning off the TV. This passage describes how Montag’s wife, Mildred, and her two friends are after Montag turns off the TV while they were in the middle of watching it. This shows how, because the people’s only entertainment is the TV, how they get uncomfortable when it is turned off, just like how a 6-year-old child is when people turn off their television when they’re watching
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