What Is Fahrenheit 451 Censorship

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The book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury shows censorship throughout the book to keep citizens in the dark about matters they should know about. The government does not want their citizens to know the reality around them. The reason given for censorship is to ensure the happiness of their citizens. Anything involving poems, stories or any piece of literature is prohibited. The idea is that people won’t be able to get ideas of revolting, personal opinions that are debatable and prevent knowledge spreading about what’s going on in there reality. There are ways that the government occupies its citizens, such as playing catchy jingles to sing while on the train, which ensures that they do not think for themselves and do not question the government’s choices. Censorship throughout the book allows the government to control its citizens thoughts and actions. Furthermore, the government influences their citizens actions by encouraging the use of parlor walls, conforming to society and not questioning anything going on around that…show more content…
At the beginning of the book Clarisse says, “Do you ever read any of the books you bum?” Montag’s response was, “ He laughed. "That 's against the law!” (p.3) Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. N.p.: n.p., 1953. Web. Oct. 2016. This describes how the majority of the population reacts when anything is said about breaking the law. They all conform into watching their parlor walls and mind their own business. The government can continue making all the decisions while the public lives in a false reality. Throughout the book, censorship is a major tool used to hide information from the public and used to show citizens how powerful their government is. Bradburg chose to include censorship as a theme to teach future generations about what happens when reality is ignored and conformity blocks
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