The government bans books to maintain control of citizens. Books are illegal because the totalitarian government wants total control of all civilians. All literature contains emotion, which causes people to become contrasting. Montag states, "We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy.
For someone to make a good decision they need to look at the choices from multiple objective positions. Therefore, if we are blinded by the government to relevant perspectives, we are in turn blinded to important options, which leads us to make bad decisions. This is portrayed very well in Fahrenheit 451 by George Orwell as one of the main plot points of the book is the destruction of books and other thought provoking medias. Through the systematic destruction of these medias many important perspectives have been removed from the American population turning a lot of them into thoughtless beings. With these perspectives removed the general populace of American have been making poor decisions, leading them to miserable almost meaningless lives.
“We have no choice, you and I, but to obey our instructions. We are not free to follow our own devices, you and I” (Dickens 247) Much like Dickens, Ray Bradbury emphases the importance of choices and how difficult it is to make one. Throughout “The Sieve and the Sand” [the second part of Fahrenheit 451] Montag is faced with life breaking decisions. Montag is under the pressures of society and the government which immobilizes him from making a decision. After Montag indirectly reveals his book ownership to Captain Beatty, he was committing a crime that left him morally conflicted.
Censorship is when material from a book, movie, magazine, etcetera or information is blocked or left out. This means that it deprives the public of, possibly very important, facts and ideas as well as the truth which in turn affects their beliefs, behavior, and choices. And just that happened to the society in Fahrenheit 451, when they let technology take over their lives. The society’s restriction is more of a self-censorship, meaning they caused it themselves when “...the people wanted the snap ending.”(26) and overtime “Classics cut to fifteen-minute radio shows, then cut again to fill a two-minute book column…”(26) The government then just used it to their advantage and brainwashed the people with
In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, the author Ray Bradbury commits a defensible crime in which the destructive machine objective denotes the truth behind reading and thinking. The role of a fireman which represents the eyes of the government is to deceive people into thinking that books is a danger for the society at which, given point can influence the mind of the individuals in respective to their beliefs and morals conceive by the government. Fireman’s duty is to destroy knowledge and therefore promote ignorance as a benefit to the government system in order to equalize the population and promote sameness. Books repressed the unfolded truth which claims reading and thinking is the disruption of the society. The author Ray Bradbury, addresses
If you 've read the book you know the beatty tries multiple times to try and get montag to forget about the books and even went as far as ignoring fire calls on him. He is justified in promoting his values because people would not be able to get along together in this society. This is all related to the red scare and mccarthyism. The fear of people who are different, more specifically the societal view that beatty has. And it ok to think this because it is a natural human behavior.
When internet censorship takes place, it really limits a user’s web experience. Governments really has begun to censor the internet and even manipulating it to shape the minds of their citizens in a way to propaganda. Just like in the novel the government wanted to brainwash their citizens to think how the government wanted them to by making books illegal and making people think that books are evil when in reality the books had the power within them to break them free from such a corrupt
Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction based on the first two” (Bradbury 81). Describing these major points missing from society reveals that a totalitarian government controls the people and dictates the citizens’ lives in the dystopian society. For example, the government restricts the information available, thus controlling the possible subjects the people may ponder. This government restriction is an example of the dystopian theme of censorship, the controlling of information to the people, which allows the government to have absolute power over the citizens.
Censorship is defined as “when a person of group successfully imposes their values upon other by stifling words, images or ideas” (Gould 2009). When we think of censorship, we think of the bleeping out of words on television and the radio. Sometimes we censor ourselves in conversation around small children or in a professional environment. However, most people do not think about the censorship of literature. A famous example is when Hitler would collect piles of books and burn them because they did not match the ideals of his regime.
In the book Fahrenheit 451 books are outlawed and illegal to own. In the book, an english professor by the name of Faber helps Montag, a fireman in the world of Fahrenheit 451, that his job is to burn books because they are illegal to possess. Montag decides to make a risky decision and read a book and he doesn’t really understand the meaning of the book. So he decides to seek help to understand the history regarding books and why they are illegal in their society. Faber gives three very important reasons of what is missing in their society that is causing them to not want to read books.