Censorship In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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Censorship is defined as the act of taking out unacceptable parts from books, movies, and other content available to the public eye. In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, censorship takes over a major part of the citizen’s lives. In the modernistic era, the story is based upon a lot of television and is censored to the important and educational content we have in the present, such as; books, which open doors to infinite amounts of knowledge. Original thoughts, curiosity, and knowledge are not common factors within the characters of Fahrenheit 451. This is mostly due to the fact that all of their books are censored by the government. If the content of the book is upsetting or offensive in any way to any particular group of people, no matter …show more content…

Those who enjoyed their life, had no troubles and accepted the fact that there would be no more books. They didn’t question anything or had a single thought of curiosity. “I’ll let Pete do all the worrying. Not me. I’m not worried.” says Mrs. Phelps, as she expresses her emotions about her husband currently being at war.(Bradbury 91) The common, everyday, person didn’t know a thing about the war that was currently going on because of how little they were informed and honestly cared. Their life was extremely fast-paced, but because they wanted it to be, and had lost patience to anything that didn’t fit their schedule. Everything, including their driving, had to be accelerated, so even the speed limits were increased by a significant amount. “My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles an hour and they jailed him for two days.” (Bradbury 6) Their way of living was remarkably hectic as it is, so people didn’t have time for thoughts or felt that they were a necessity. Instead, they relied on other electronics, like the television, to do that for them. The citizens, such as Mildred, Montag’s wife, adored their televisions and considered them “family.” She and many others would even go as far as to pay two thousand dollars for a fourth wall-TV, wall sized television, to be installed in her home “How long you figure …show more content…

There was those who weren’t so thrilled with the idea of being cut off from loads of knowledge and the truth. The characters; Guy Montag, Clarisse McClellan, and Faber were a perfect example, in the novel, of the people who were still interested in books or actual thinking and education. This was the kind of crowd that would be considered a bad influence in society. These people weren’t “happy” with what they were offered and had. “We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren’t happy.”(Bradbury 78) Montag, the main character, was one of the most troubled ones, and it was repeatedly expressed in the book how he wasn’t really happy although others might’ve thought otherwise. He felt that he needed the content that was forbidden to him in order to ease his mind. “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine” argues Montag while trying to convince Mildred that books are in fact helpful and can have a huge impact on people’s lives. (Bradbury 48) He wanted to try and understand books because he never had the chance to, and he felt as if he was missing out on a big amount of knowledge. Although there was some characters that weren’t happy with the censoring, but still thought there was hope, there were also some characters who just didn’t know what to do anymore. Suicide was a subject talked about quite a bit in this novel, and it involved Mildred, Montag’s wife. She acted as if

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  • Defines censorship as the act of taking out unacceptable parts from books, movies, and other content available to the public eye.
  • Analyzes how fahrenheit 451's characters are censored by the government if the content of the book is upsetting or offensive to any particular group of people.
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