Censorship in today’s society has progressed in such a way that almost everything is censored from television shows, songs, letters, books, to basically everything. The way to block out these “inappropriate or harmful” comments from being publicly viewed has overtaken its purpose that it’s been over used. In Fahrenheit 451, it portrays a world that has censored itself from reading books that the government bans them as a way to intentionally control their citizens from living differently. The citizens live in an alienated world that their form of communication and reality is with their television. Today’s society, much of the world is austere to the rest of the world, having different forms of technology as their form of socialism.
One of the major themes in Fahrenheit 451 was just that; a society where everyone got what they wished and literature was eliminated entirely so it wouldn't offend anyone. Sadly, this still continues to happen in the United States. Many books have been banned from school and public libraries because of language, sexual innuendos, violence, religion, alternate lifestyles, and even for being anti-family ("Challenges . . .").
In communities people don’t think, they cannot be ‘intellectuals’, and they are forced become drones of the government’s ideals. In the novel Farenheit 451 irony is used to express the complex ideas of the society, but also gives the book more understanding and meaning by making us think differently, how characters are ironically told not to. First if all, one ironic example in the story is the fact that firemen are starting fires when they burn books, when firemen are supposed it put fires out. On page 8, Bradbury writes as Clarisse argues softly with Montag, 'Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?’ ‘No. Houses.
Censorship in today’s society have progressed in such a way that almost everything is censored from television shows, songs, letters, books, to basically everything. The way to block out these “inappropriate or harmful” comments from being publically viewed has overtaken its purpose that it’s being over used. In Fahrenheit 451, it portrays a world that has censored itself from reading books that the government bans them as a way to intentionally control their citizens from living differently. The citizens live in an alienated world that their form of communication and reality is with their television. Today’s society, much of the world is austere to the rest of the world having different forms of technology as their form of socialism.
All this control by censorship will eventually lead to a totalitarian nation. In Fahrenheit 451 the main character Guy Montag lives within this constrained world. Their main source for freedom of knowledge and creativity is through books. However, that gateway is roped off by censorship, making all books illegal. The government would rather just burn the books and give society all the information they need rather than producing a two sided way that offers a choice (76).
Even as late as 1962, intellectual freedom was still a dream. There was not equal access to information. The reaction of this library actually impeded the access to all users in an attempt to discriminate against the few. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important - that ideas can be dangerous - but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Today the ALA takes the stand of anti-censorship, but as illustrated, that was not always the case in the United States.
Soon, another minority group objects to something else in the book, and it is again edited until eventually the book is banned altogether. In Bradbury's novel, society has evolved to such an extreme that all literature is illegal to possess. No longer can books be read, not only because they might offend someone, but because books raise questions that often lead to revolutions and even anarchy. The intellectual thinking that arises from reading books can often be dangerous, and the government doesn't want to put up with this danger. Yet this philosophy, according to Bradbury, completely ignores the benefits of knowledge.
If the government would have let the people read books then they still would not have been able to understand them because the literature is based on experiences and passions that do not exist to them. In Brave New World, the people can not read Othello because beatiful things, such as great literature, tend to last; people continue to like them even when the become quite old. A society based on consumerism... ... middle of paper ... ...eness of society. In the novel everything is very systematic and the people stick to the status quo. During a quarrel, Montag yells to Mildred, “‘... We need not to be let alone.We need to be really bothered once in awhile.
Ray Bradbury, one of America’s most renowned 20th century writers once said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them” (Bradbury). In today’s society books are not burned, but some are being censored thus preventing people from enjoying the books they want to read. So what is censorship? Censorship is when an individual or an organization wants to restrict or limit access of a book to readers to avoid offending a group of people. Censorship has affected classrooms and public libraries across the nation due to people like parents, teachers and sometimes students themselves protesting against certain types of books.
Is our world too close to a world that is seen as it being so bad by other people that ban it? It is a world where reading a book, owning a book, or questioning the laws is banned. A world where media is something that takes over your life. This is the world in Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, where we see a firefighter whose job is to start fires, fires where they burn books. Books that were banned because it would cause people to think different, offend others, and keep them from questioning the world they are in.