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.
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)
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
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. Beatty is justified in promoting his values because he knows what is better for the people.
The Novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, depicts a society in which conformity and obedience are of great value. Bradbury wanted to illustrate the overall importance of conformity in the novel through the idea and practice of censorship. Bradbury also wanted to illustrate the overall importance of reading and thinking freely in a time frame in which the value of reading was quickly diminishing through new technological advances. This dystopian society was successfully accomplishing this concept through book burning, the reason being that books have become such a fundamental part of human culture throughout the world and books enable knowledge and the lack of knowledge creates ignorance therefore making people easier to manipulate.
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.
Faber is asking to get his house burnt to a crisp, but montag decide not to turn him into his higher ups. This society scares people that break the rules so much that they turn themselves in. This society makes people feel guilty for reading books. In the real world, society does something similar to this, just with opinions and not books. Society is so concerned about being politically correct , it silences people who have opposing opinions.
In Fahrenheit 451, books are considered to be dangerous and seductive, containing ideas that create uncertainty, provoking citizens to think and question. Books are, therefore, a threat to the state-enforced conformity, and must be destroyed. This was a reflection of Nazi Germany and their anti-individuality book burning tactics to oppress the public. In 1950s America, there was also a period of widespread book banning in US schools and public libraries. The suppression of books was a “species of book burning,” conflicting with basic American ideas of free thought.
Censorship of literature has always been a powerful means of manipulating society by limiting what the people are exposed to. This has been used as a way to suppress free thinking and new ideas, that could cause a shift in power in the society. The censorship of literature has been used by the powerful members of society forever, because of this societies fear the idea of their governments hiding information from the public. In Americus, a small town in Oklahoma is divided over a new teenager book series that some feel the series should be banned from the library. In contrast in Fahrenheit 451, a curious fireman indulges in a banded book, which enlightens him to a new outlook on life.
Burrough investigate about the use of censorship by the government and the their power over citizens which restricts individual’s freedom of thought. He states that the power the government gained through censoring certain materials is questionable and censorship is merely making people more sensitive towards censored materials. Burrough’s journal discusses censorship used by authorities relates to Fahrenheit 451 because the novel is based on a society where anything that might provoke one to question is censored: books are burned and the peculiar individuals are removed from the community. William Burrough studied English literature in Harvard University and he is famous as an essayist and novelist with famous work such as Naked Lunch. This
Montag’s search for justice is him looking for knowledge that the government is trying to destroy and replace with simpler forms of entertainment such as TV. "’ So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless (85).’ " People have gotten so politically correct that they would rather get rid of all different ideas than learn to understand and accept them.