Why Is Fahrenheit 451 Be Banned

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In the book, Fahrenheit 451, the author Ray Bradbury develops his claim, “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” Throughout the book, Bradbury develops this claim by showing how the government in this make-believe world banned all the books and how before books were banned, people were fighting for them, however, after the books were banned, most people simply moved on. With Bradbury saying not reading books is a crime, he is also telling us not to let the government control what we read in our real world because then, they will slowly take control over our entire lives. This idea is further expanded upon when Bradbury uses the characters Beatty and Faber to show us that if you don’t take control over …show more content…

After Faber didn’t speak up when they were banning books, he regretted his cowardice. He believed that “'there were a lot of lovely books once, before we let them go.’” (Bradbury, 95) Faber acknowledges the fact that “'books are hated and feared'” and he says that they are because “'They show the pores in the face of life.’” (Bradbury, 95) Faber is trying to say that books show what is really happening in life. Even though the government tries to hide what is really going on, books can show the truth. For example, in Bradbury’s make-believe world, a woman said that when her husband went off to fight in the war, “The Army said” “He’ll be back next week.” (Bradbury, 109) However, the army kept calling and saying that he would be back the next week one week after another. The government wanted to make sure that the people didn’t know how bad this war really was. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out. The people in this made-up world were completely unprepared for the consequences of this war because the severity of the war was kept concealed. Hence, when “The first bomb struck” a city, it had not been evacuated. (Bradbury, 175) Because of no information regarding the war, the bombing ended up being a mass casualty event. If the people were free to think for themselves and ask questions, they might have known that this war was coming, and they may have been able to save

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